It's a true out-of-body experience for the Goliath bird-eating tarantula.
YouTube user Conorwinters set up a camera on his big pet spider and sped up the process in a time lapse that reveals this burgundy-colored Goliath's amazing self-renewal.
Like kicking sheets off in the morning, the tarantula wiggles out of its skin, giving itself more than just a makeover — shedding its outer layer is also how it regrows missing or damaged limbs.
The Burgundy Goliath bird-eating tarantula, a.k.a. Theraphosa stirmi, sports one-inch fangs that it uses to inject its prey with venom. It can grab small mammals (yes, it really does occasionally eat birds) or frogs for a meal. Though the spider's venom is essentially harmless to humans, the Natural History Museum in London reports that a bite from one of these big guys smarts as much as a wasp sting.
Males of the species live up to six years and females up to 20, molting well into adulthood. It's unclear whether the spider in the video is a male or a female.
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