MOLT

A tarantula needs to shed its exoskeleton in order to grow -- this process is called molting. Younger tarantulas tend to molt more frequently than those who have reached adulthood. These pictures were taken through a microscope, and offer us an intimate look at different parts of the molts of my Venezuelan suntiger and Costa Rican tiger rump tarantulas from when they were still juveniles and not much bigger than a bottle cap.