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                                                     Giant Land Crabs

    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
    seasonings.

    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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