How to Draw a Coconut Crab

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Coconut Crab in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Coconut Crab.

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How to Draw a Coconut Crab - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a Coconut Crab, one of the largest crab of its kind. To draw the head, create e a rounded rectangle with two circles on it for the eyes. Next, draw the small nose shape as shown and another small line under the curve.

Step 2: For the back of the crab, draw a large round circle behind the head.

Step 3: To draw the antennae, make two long curvy lines out from the front of the head. Coconut Crabs have great sense of smell which is how they easily locate food.

Step 4: Draw the first chelipad, or leg, by making several connecting bubbles until you reach the claw at the end. Add two small, sharp cones for the pincers.

Step 5: Now, add the other front chelipad by drawing much larger ovals to make them connect. Draw the one at the end with a big claw. Their claws are so strong, they can crack open coconuts!

Step 6: Now draw the front legs by adding more bubble oval shapes down a line. Add the curved line in the back for the far leg.

Step 7: Next, draw another leg, but this time, make the shapes a bit more rectangular. Don't forget the point!

Step 8: For the hind legs, draw two smaller bubbles in the back.

Interesting Facts about the Coconut crab

The coconut crab is the biggest terrestrial arthropod in the world and can be found on oceanic islands stretching from the Aldrabras islands to the Easter Island. You will mostly find these large crabs in rock fractures as well sand tunnels near the coastline.

Did you know?

  • These crabs can grow to be a full adult at almost a full meter across in size.
  • The coconut crab has very large and extremely powerful claws that can crack open coconuts, giving the creature its name, and can be used to lift weights of up to 28kg
  • Though these crabs will typically try to eat the coconuts on the ground, if none are available they can easily climb to the tops of trees and cut the coconuts down
  • When the crab is young they find a shell to use and protect their soft bellies until they get older when they lose the shell and their stomach develops a strong and tough skin like the rest of its body
  • Coconut crabs are also reffered to as “robber crabs” by some, as these large crabs are notorious for stealing shiny things such as forks from people’s tents and homes nearby
  • Coconut crabs have a great sense of smell which is now they can easily locate their food!

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