Wouldn’t it be cool if, instead of having this elastic, multi-dermal skin, we just popped out of our old skin when it got too small, like so many insects, arachnids, snakes, lizards, and amphibians do?
Molting is a crazy thing.
I can remember finding old snake skins lying around when I was younger:
And my dad used to find antlers on occasion:
Molting is so crazy that, if you’ve never seen an animal molt before, I think you’ve got to. Luckily(!), we have an awesome video of a spider basically splitting its dome open and crawling out.
It’s as creepy as it sounds and definitely worth a watch.
So check out this cool timelapse video from NatGeo:
This is a young Mexican Red Knee tarantula, according to the Nat Geo article, so it will molt several more times.
Sometimes, spiders will eat the molt in an attempt to recoup some of the energy they lost, but this particular tarantula apparently just hung out next to it for a few days, instead. Probably kind of tough to let go of something that’s been a part of you for so long…
“It’s so hard to say goodbye to molted me.” … (If you sing “me” JT style so it sounds like “may,” it’ll fit the rhyme from Boyz II Men’s 90s prom-crusher)…
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