Pothole Crabs
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Item#: XXXX
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EUSCNL-Site-104 Emile Latreille Cameron Vast MTF AP-12

A county road in ██████, ██, in the late stages of an SCP-XXXX infestation.

Special Containment Procedures: Mobile Task Force Annapolis-12 ("Secret Formula") has been assigned to monitor for extant instances of SCP-XXXX, and to either track them, recover them for containment, or humanely terminate them, as necessary. Instances which have been tagged for location tracking have their movements logged in Document TS-XXXX.

All captured SCP-XXXX instances are kept in a specially constructed containment aquarium at Site-104. The walls of the tank have been lined with tungsten plates in order to prevent the instances from damaging or escaping the containment unit. Additionally, the water in the aquarium is maintained at 23°C, in order to keep the instances dormant and neutralize their thermal properties. An automated temperature monitoring and alert system has been installed; personnel supervision is only required during testing.


Juvenile instance of SCP-XXXX.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an anomalous species of crustacean, designated Coenobita fornacalia for its physical and genetic similarities to the terrestrial hermit crabs. Instances have been found across North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Oceania, with especially large concentrations in the United States and United Kingdom.

SCP-XXXX instances are capable of heating their chelae to extremely high temperatures, with the current recorded maximum being 177°C. Rather than competing for shells like most hermit crab species, they have been observed to use this heat to render asphalt-based materials1 malleable and form them into carapaces. The Parazoology Department has found that their exoskeletons are anomalously resistant to heat, allowing them to perform such behaviors without damaging themselves.

Addendum XXXX.1 - December 19th Incident


The area affected in the 19-12 incident.

On 19-12-2019, a highway bridge of US-74 in Charlotte, North Carolina suddenly collapsed, despite recent surveys indicating it was structurally stable.