The land crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) is a common inhabitant of the Keys and anyone
who drives down our remote roads may catch a glimpse of one or more scurrying across.
This land crab is terrestrial but returns periodically to the sea to reproduce. They come out
mainly at night to feed on just about anything they can find. Being a scavenger-type feeder,
they will feed on rotting fish, garbage scraps, fruit, or in their burrows of a passing tree
root. This crab is found in Bermuda and occurs throughout much of the coastline of South
Florida. In addition, it is found from the Texas coast to Brazil.
The crab is edible. The meat is reported to be sweet, white, and closely resembling that of
the popular blue crab. A simple Caribbean recipe calls for boiling the crab with various
We frequently receive inquiries from Keys residents on what to do about the land crabs
that are building burrows in their yard, and how to get rid of them. One method is to go out
with a flashlight at night, net in hand, and scoop them up!
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