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Timelapse Of Tarantula Molting Looks Like Alien Birth

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Lisa Winter

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clockDec 9 2014, 18:53 UTC
217 Timelapse Of Tarantula Molting Looks Like Alien Birth
Screen shot via Tarantupedia™

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: 

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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


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