“We humans are not the only ones who enjoy feasting on crabs. Other creatures also relish crunching on these coastal delights, from crab-eating macaques (Macaca fascicularis), to crab-eating frogs (Fejervarya cancrivora), to crab-eating snakes (Fordonia leucobalia). Why not, when our mangrove forests are simply crawling with crabs (above)?
“They are also eagerly sought after by eagle-eyed Giant Mudskippers (Periophthalmodon schlosseri) (above). During a recent exploration of local mangroves, I was alerted to a commotion under the boardwalk. After assessing the situation, it dawned upon me that an adult mudskipper had just pounced upon a juvenile sesarmid.
“The prey’s body was firmly subdued inside the mudskipper’s mouth, but its legs were still sticking out initially (above and below).
“Have you ever wondered how a slippery mudskipper manages to manipulate a feisty crab with just its mouth? Watch this video footage to find out:
“In total, this mudskipper took approximately 15 minutes to complete its meal, from the point of capture until it finally swallowed the entire crab.”
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
6th February 2017