Lots of animals—including spiders—shed their exoskeletons as they grow. The spider’s exoskeleton ruptures at the abdomen and the head, creating a hole. The tarantula then spends a significant amount of time trying to kick the exoskeleton off, leaving behind a near-perfect replica of itself.
The ten-hour-long process has been sped up to only five and a half minutes in this amazing video. Be sure to check it out:
Some of you may remember the other video we’ve posted about a tarantula molting, but with dubbed audio and video speeds altered, that was creepy for an entirely different reason.