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 Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 17:08 GMT
Stowaway crab nips on to flight
Crusty the Jamaican Great Land Crab
Crusty the crab favours a diet of rotting vegetables
A Jamaican crab is getting used to life in the UK - after sneaking into a holidaymaker's luggage.

Crusty, a baby Jamaican Great Land Crab, was discovered in a passenger's hand luggage during a routine inspection by staff at Manchester airport.

The four-inch wide creature had travelled the 3,500 miles from the Caribbean and was in need to specialist care.

But now Crusty - partial to a diet of rotting vegetables - is being put up at the Blue Planet Aquarium, in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Starring role

Duncan Matthews, the museum's creator, picked up the crab to drive her to her new home.

Mr Matthews said: "It's amazing Crusty was spotted at all because although Great Land Crabs grow to around 10 inches in adulthood, she is only a baby at the moment and easily disguised."

Baby Great Land Crabs are often tan in colour and turning a deep shade of violet as they mature.

They are found all around the Caribbean and have been seen as far north as Florida and as far south as Brazil.

Although a newcomer to the Blue Planet, Crusty has made a big impression with a starring role in its Rocky Shoreline exhibit already lined up.


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