Yes, that is a land crab. And yes, that is a 33 gallon trash can. And no, it is not fake.
They live along the coast in the Indian Ocean and some parts of the Pacific.
That is the world's largest land dwelling bug. Yes, it is a bug. Actually it is an arthropod. But all bugs are arthropods. Insects, spiders, and crustaceans - all arthropods.
So now when someone says they say the largest bug in their kitchen, and you know they do not live in tropical areas of the Pacific Ocean or the Indian Ocean - you know they are full of shit. They did not see "the largest bug".
So ask them if it was a Coconut Crab. If they say no, then you can lay the smack down on them.
Now you are the bug master.
By the way, the Coconut Crab is the largest LAND DWELLING bug. The largest bug is actually this thing.
The Japanese Spider Crab. This is a deep water bug. And it is big. The leg span is almost 13 feet, the body is up to 15 inches, and they can weigh up to 44 pounds. But there could be even larger ones lurking in the deep. They are found in waters as deep as 800 meters, or about 2,600 feet.
This concludes any more posts about land crabs for some time to come.