Skin-shedding animals

Snakes shed as they grow. Snakes mature slowly. Annually, snakes shed 4-12 times. A snake's skin and eyes are dull before shedding.


Ecdysis is detrimental, but vital for the crab's protection. Crabs hide because their new shells are soft and pliable. Hardening can take days.

True Crabs

Spiders have exoskeletons like crabs. Spiders shed their exoskeletons to develop. Spiders moult in a safe place to avoid predators.


In temperate climates, their screeching is a summer staple. Vertical exuviae. Strong legs and claws help nymphs dig. Nymphs mature by climbing trees and fences.


Frogs lose their skin in one piece, like reptiles. Daily shedding is possible. Frogs shed their skin with precise bodily movements.


Geckos are unique reptiles with intriguing traits. Common geckos chirp and click. Their "sticky feet" allow them to walk vertically and even upside down.


Dragonflies' last moult is their most stunning. The nymph climbs vertical surfaces, like cicada nymphs. The nymph's exoskeleton will shatter when it's out of the water and on land.


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