Whip spider sheds its exoskeleton

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In a scene resembling a science fiction movie, an alien-like amblypygi, or whip spider, sheds its skin.

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Found in subtropical regions, amblypygi are an ancient order of arachnids dating back to the Carboniferous period; over 300 million years ago.

When whip spiders are young, they moult every two to three months, however as they grow to adulthood they may shed every three years.


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