Giant Land Crab (Cardisoma guanhumi)
The Giant Land Crab or Blue Land Crab is the largest terrestrial crab found in Bermuda. It occupies a burrow, excavated in muddy coastal areas and mangrove habitats, with a pool of saltwater at the bottom where the crab can wet its gills.
Giant Land Crabs will scavenge dead animals, and also eat a variety of coastal plants.
In Bermuda Giant Land Crabs have become rare due to historic harvesting and habitat loss. These crabs and their habitats are protected by law under the Protected Species Act 2003.
Members of the public who find a Giant Land Crab are encouraged to report their sighting to the Department. Crabs found on the roadside can be brought to the Department’s offices at Shorelands in Flatts if they cannot be safely returned to their habitat.