Giant Japanese Spider Crab
Big Daddy is our World Record Breaking resident – he is the world’s largest crab!
Big Daddy has a 10.2 foot claw-span which makes him easily the world’s biggest crab!
Big Daddy is a Giant Japanese Spider Crab. Japanese Spider Crabs are the largest arthropod known to man and can grow – unbelievably – to the size of a mini! Yes! Their leg span can be as wide as 3.8 metres!
Our Japanese spider crab is bright orange, with white spots along his legs. Although he may look terrifyingly big, he is actually a gentle animal. In its natural habitat the Japanese Spider Crab feeds on shellfish and animal carcasses and may live to be 100 years old!
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- They have 10 legs so are called a Decapod!
- The Japanese Spider Crab is the largest arthropod in the world in terms of leg span, reaching up to 3.8 metres (12 ft 6 in) and weighing up to 41 pounds (19 kg)
- It is the males which have the longest chelipeds!