Monday, January 2, 2012

Plastic King Crab

You should see the size of his crown!

Our Plastic King Crab

Our king crab is made of plastic and measures 2 3/4 inches from side to side. This plastic crustacean is one of our series of lively and lifelike plastic animals. Its realistic shape and details will be enjoyed as part of a school project, diorama, plastic animal collection, as a party favor, or gift. Our king crab toy is for decoration or play only. It does not float, and should NOT be put in your aquarium. However, you can make an interesting sea-life or aquarium shoebox diorama using this and other plastic aquatic creatures and mammals, sharks, fish, sea turtles, birds, and decor from our gift shop. There is no mess, no feeding, and no tank cleaning :)Come look through our entire collection of crab toys and gifts.

About King Crabs

Although there are over 50 crab families and 1000s of species, all crabs have basically the same body plan: four pairs of walking legs and one pair of claws (also called nippers or pincers). Their shell is actually their skeleton, called an exoskeleton, and protects their thorax, gills and the internal organs of the head. Like the octopus and sea star, if a crab loses a limb it will regenerate (grow back).
The red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) is the most recognized species of king crab, being heavily fished in the Bering sea by fishermen made famous by the TV show "Dangerous Catch". They are very large. A red king crab can reach a carapace width of 11 inches and a legspan of almost six feet.
An interesting and widely-accepted theory suggests that these huge crabs may have evolved from hermit crabs (an evolutionary process called carcinisation). While there is still doubt about the validity of this theory, evidence supporting it continues to mount.

This blog is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.

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