Giant Japanese Spider Crab quiz

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Giant Japanese Spider Crabs – The Facts – What do you know? Test your knowledge of these sea creatures with this quick quiz.

(Discover more facts about Giant Japanese Spider Crabs here: Giant Japanese Spider Crab Facts)

 

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Japanese spider crab at Manila Ocean Park. Image credit: Tsarli (Charles Laigo) CC-BY-SA-3.0




True or False?

1. The Japanese spider crab can weigh up to 44 pounds

 True

 False

2. It’s legs can grow over 10 feet in length.

 True

 False

3. The Japanese spider crab actually lives off the coast of Australia.

 True

 False

4. It sheds its exoskeleton as it grows – like a snake shedding its skin.

 True

 False

5. Normally, they are found at ocean depths of between 400 and 900 feet.

 True

 False

6. They are very picky eaters and only eat sea urchins.

 True

 False

7. Scientists believe they have a lifespan of 5 to 10 years.

 True

 False

8. Japanese spider crabs belong to the group of crabs called ‘decorator crabs’.

 True

 False

9. The Japanese spider crab has eight legs and two arms.

 True

 False

10. The largest known Japanese spider crab legs measured 12 feet from tip to tip and is called ‘Crabzilla’!

 True

 False




Answers to the Giant Japanese Spider Crabs Quiz:

1. True.
2. True.
3. False. As their name implies, they are only found off the coasts of Japan and only off the coasts that face the Pacific Ocean.
4. True.
5. True.
6. False. The Japanese spider crab isn’t a picky eater. In fact, it eats pretty much anything that it stumbles across, whether its shellfish that they can pry open with their strong claws, dead fish, plants that grow on the ocean floor and even algae.
7. False. Scientists believe it has a lifespan of 50 to 100 years.
8. True. These crabs are so named because they pick up objects in their environment and cover their shells with them as camouflage or protection.
9. True.
10. True. Crabzilla was caught in 2009 and has been on display at the Sea Life Scheveningen in the Netherlands since 2010.

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