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This Molting Tarantula Looks Like Some Sci-Fi Creature Out of ‘Alien’

Tarantulas, like other arthropods, shed their exoskeletons numerous times as they grow.

This is the first time a Xenesthis sp White tarantula has been filmed molting.

The entire process of molting took over 10 hours to complete, thus the video was filmed in high speed time lapse. Because the tarantula remained upright during most of the molting process, you can see the entire process in exquisite detail.

A Xenesthis sp White tarantula molting its exoskeleton. (Screenshot/YouTube)

This definitely looks like some alien creature. It’s enough to give an arachnophobe nightmares.


John Andress
Having had many eclectic experiences and expressing interest in so many varied things in life has suited my role as Editor-in-Chief of Vision Times. Being trained in the sciences, I worked in the medical field. Scuba diving was a passion, being part owner of a scuba shop, and I enjoyed diving around the world. Raising reptiles of all sorts, including poisonous snakes, was also one of my hobbies when living in the U.S. After moving to Australia in the 80s, I became an avid organic grower of tropical fruits and vegetables, which my wife and I partake of year-round, as well as many of our friends. My newest endeavor has been to become a “bikie” — an eBikie, which I do every day not only to get exercise, but also to have a break from slaving over my computer most of the day. Obviously, China is also a passion, which is something VT specializes in, so I feel very fortunate to have a role here at Vision Times.

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