The christmas island red crab (gecarcoidea natalis) is a species of land crab that is endemic to christmas island and the cocos (keeling) islands in the indian ocean   although restricted to a relatively small area, it has been estimated that 437 million adult red crabs once lived on christmas island alone,  but the accidental. Rangers at christmas island national park are currently helping 50 million crabs on their annual migration to the sea to spawn the mass migration photo: kirsty faulkner/mercury chief ranger rob. Christmas island red crabs live on christmas island in the indian ocean off australia’s northern coast, about 240 miles (380 kilometers) south of java, indonesia red crabs must keep their bodies moist, so they wait for the rainy season to provide conditions that are ideal for the difficult journey. The christmas island red crab (gecarcoidea natalis) is a species of land crab that is endemic to christmas island and cocos (keeling) islands in the indian ocean. Located in the indian ocean, christmas island has a tropical monsoonal climate, with highly variable annual rainfall when the rain starts to fall in october and november, one of the world's great.
Merry christmas everyone today i am writing about a festive animal called the christmas island red crab here are five interesting facts about them: these wonderful, bright red crabs grow to about 11 cm wide males are slightly larger than females they eat almost anything that they can get. Learn more about the christmas island red crab - with amazing christmas island red crab videos, photos and facts on arkive see videos and photos of the christmas island red crab on arkive this species has not yet been classified by the iucn. Christmas island has nothing to do with a big jolly man in a red suit instead, it has its own distinct bright red mascot: millions and millions of land crabs every year, this australian island territory is flooded not by the surrounding indian ocean, but by an overwhelming wave of scarlet, clawed crustaceans. Christmas island has many other species of crabs, including the impressive robber crabs these may be the largest land-dwelling arthropod (the group that insects and crustaceans belong to) on earth.
Actually coconut crabs can be found on the very same island alongside a dozen other land crabs, but none can be found in quite the numbers of the red crab that number is estimated at 120 million not bad for a tiny isolated island. Christmas island red land crabs gecarcoidea natalis on migration to ocean to spawn at night image by sue flood/getty images if you want to see the red crab migration for real, then getting to christmas island is of course possible. Red crabs during the migration, christmas island / max orchard, parks australia h appily christmas island has not been heavily transformed by people and now represents a true wonder of nature specialty of this island is the unique christmas island crab forest – rainforest governed by millions of crabs. Every year, tens of millions of baby red crabs develop off the coast of christmas island after hatching from their eggs, they live in the sea for a month as larvae, before returning to the shoreline.
The christmas island red crab is only found on a few islands in the indian ocean, the crabs are though to number around 43 million on the island the yellow crazy ant is an invasive, introduced. Christmas island red crabs (gecarcoidea natalis) are terrestrial, spending most of their lives on landmore specifically, they spend most of their lives on this one particular chunk of land, since the species can be found nowhere else on earth. Sea of red as millions of crabs bring christmas island to a standstill during annual migration this is the spectacular moment millions of red crabs on christmas island began their migration to breed more of the fire-coloured creatures.
Thousands of baby red crabs turn a street on christmas island crimson, as the unique creatures make their way from mainland after being born in the sea. Christmas island's nowhere else in the world attraction is its annual red crab migration, in which 60 million red land crabs make their way from their burrows in the forests down to the coast to spawn at the beginning of the wet season, forming carpets of crabs miles long. Christmas island crab migration this is the spectacular moment millions of red crabs on christmas island began their migration to breed more of the fire-colored creatures (mercury press/caters news. The christmas island red crab is by far the most obvious of the 14 species of land crabs found on christmas island it is estimated that 40 - 50 million of these bright red land crabs live in their preferred shady sites all over the island.
The crabs have no defense against yellow crazy ants the ants were accidentally introduced to the island by humans and they've been wrecking shit ever since it's taken significant government intervention to mitigate some of the bad stuff the ants have caused (because it's not just the red crab population that's been affected. Red crabs use a crab tunnel to get safely to the beach on christmas island christmas island’s red crabs have begun their annual breeding migration this follows heavy and sustained island wide rainfalls over the last few days. Thousands of baby red crabs turn a street on christmas island crimson, as the unique creatures make their way from mainland after being born in the sea, in a truly spectacular video. The red crabs are endemic to christmas island and cocos (keels) island on the indian ocean and population of these crabs in the former place is estimated to be 437 million with between 009 and 057 crabs per square meter of land.