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Giant land crabs are on the move

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(WESH/NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Giant land crabs are scuttling around the Central Florida coast, giving some a scare and others a painful pinch.

The crabs spend a lot of time underground, but right now, they're coming out of their burrows and catching some beach residents off guard.

The crabs are very active in the late summer and early fall, when they will be breeding and then migrating to the ocean to release their spawn into the water. 

"They can be a little bit intimidating when you see them, but people are usually just kind of excited," said Nichole Perna, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The crabs can grow to be about a foot and a half wide, including their legs.

One of the best places to see giant land crabs is at the Barrier Island Sanctuary on A1A, three miles north of Sebastian Inlet.  The hiking trails are pockmarked with crab burrows, and if people are quiet, they can see crabs moving about, sometimes sparring with other crabs.

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