Andros has the largest free roaming population of land crabs in The Bahamas. The creation in 2002 of Land Crab National Park in Central Andros helped to save the crab population for generations to come.
them. Land crabs migrate from the forest to the sea to wash their eggs during the heavy summer rains. They grow to a maximum size of 5 inches, not including the claw. Land crabs grow by shedding their hard exoskeleton, before a new one grows they absorb water. This increases their size then a new hard exoskeleton shell grows back, this is called moulting.
Threats to the Land Crabs
The biggest threat to the land crab is the destruction of their habitat caused by land development, road construction and fire. Land crabs are also susceptible to over harvesting.
Androsians love their crabs
On Andros crabs are a traditional food source and provide an economic boost during the summer months. The white and black crabs are caught, penned and fed with coconuts and cocoplums for at least two weeks. Then they are transported by mail boats and plane to the capital to be sold as a local delicacy.
Grants received in 2015 from :
Eco Ed Foundation, Tucker Foundation, Caribsave, Paradise Children’s Fund, Moore Bahamas Foundation, Lyford Cay Foundation, Scotia Bank, Commonwealth Bank, Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation and Idea Wild.