“They are strong enough to rip through coconut husks,” said Trenton Yasui, Acting Invertebrate Aquatic Biota Specialist with the Department of Agriculture.
He says they’re strong enough to snap off your fingers and indiscriminate enough to do some serious damage elsewhere.
“There’s a threat to our native ecosystem. The Coconut Crab would definitely would feed on various native birds and turtles potentially, and it also could present a human health hazard for children and also for home pets.
Residents said they found it on the road near Salt Lake Boulevard.
The specimen is about three pounds and 16 inches from leg to leg.
On Monday, it was in no mood to let go of a stick meant to distract it.
The Department of Agriculture said it’s about 10 years old.
Yasui said it’s been 25 years since they’ve seen one outside in Hawaii.