annually streets christmas island invaded 120 million crabs

Nature Annually, the streets of Christmas Island are invaded by 120 million crabs

Published on January 9th, 2014

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Annually, the streets of Christmas Island are invaded by 120 million crabs

Christmas Island is a mountainous region that is located near the coast of Australia in the Indian Ocean. Most of the year, it is a piece of heaven with dense forests and beautiful mountain scenery. However, once a year, it can be a nightmare for those who are afraid of animals with many legs.

Specifically, from October to November, red crabs, which are usually in the forest, migrate to the water to reproduce. Phenomenon, coinciding with the phases of the moon, generally takes at least a week, males always reach the water before females. After mating, the males return to the forest. Females produce eggs at 3 days after mating, but remain close to the water to follow the development of the eggs for 12-13 days. A single female may deposit 100,000 eggs.

So that we can help you get an idea what it looks like the island during migration, a Reddit user has posted a number of pictures you can see below.

The crabs travel from the forest to the coast, and usually the migration is synchronized across the entire island. (Foto: Simmon5150)

Every year, during the breeding season, countless red crabs journey to the sea so that they can breed. (Foto: Simmon5150)

To help the crabs during the migration and reduce the number of crabs accidentally killed, locals close off roads. (Foto: Simmon5150)

And as terrifying as it looks, the Christmas Island locals consider millions of crabs taking over their homes completely normal. (Foto: Simmon5150)

There are even tunnels constructed to help with the crab migration. (Foto: Simmon5150)

Because, believe us, there are a LOT of crabs. (Foto: Simmon5150)

According to the National Parks department, the crabs’ breeding is fixed around the phases of the moon and occurs during the wet season in Australia. (Foto: Simmon5150)

So if you’re ever on Christmas Island between the months of October and January, you might want to prepare yourself to see some (millions) of crabs.

Here’s the Official Facebook Page of Christmas Island Tourism. Like Them! You can also read their blog here.

 

Source: Viral NovaChristmas Island Tourism Association

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