Monday 17 June 2019

Video: 'Creepy, yet fascinating' - Watch a tarantula shed its old skin in an eerie timelapse video

 

Watch a tarantula shed its old skin in an eerie timelapse video. Credit: Cincinnati Zoo
Watch a tarantula shed its old skin in an eerie timelapse video. Credit: Cincinnati Zoo

Taylor Heyman

A zoo has released a timelapse video of a tarantula moulting its skin and it’s pretty gory.

The video shows a Mexican red-kneed tarantula shedding and wriggling out of its exoskeleton.

Cincinnati Zoo posted the video, taken over seven hours and sped up, on its Facebook page.

Tarantulas need to lose their exoskeleton to grow, and moult a number of times before reaching adulthood.

They usually grow to a body size of around 5in.

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