Species of Animals That Shed Their Skin

Animals moult. Some animals shed skin or exoskeleton simultaneously. Growing animals shed their skin or shell. As with other insects moulting into adulthood, dragonflies are prey.

Spider exoskeletons. Spiders moult to grow. Moulting spiders avoid predators. Molting regenerates limbs and skin. Moulting shrinks and weakens regenerated limbs.


Crabs have exoskeletons. Invertebrates have stiff exoskeletons. Crabs moult their exoskeletons. Crabs break their tail shell to reveal a larger one. The crab's old shell loosens, revealing a soft one.


Their loud, shrieking sounds are a summer staple in temperate climates. Exuviae hang vertically. Cicadas have a long nymphal stage. Periodical cicada species exist.


Geckos are interesting lizards. Geckos click and chirp. Sticky feet let geckos walk vertically and upside down. Lizards shed their skin as they grow. Young geckos shed like reptiles.


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.


Frogs have reptilian skin. Daily loss. Frogs shed skin carefully. Frogs eat skin without a trace. Skin-eating nurtures and hides them. Predators find frogs with lacking skin.


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