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Old Apr 12, 2012, 3:56 PM   #1
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Default Huntsman spider - skin moult

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Opened the shed door and found this skin moult from a huntsman spider
I am surprised to see that even the eyes & fangs are replaced in the moulting ... any info from others more knowledgable??


P1080182-B by ozzie_traveller, on Flickr
exif= Panny G2, 45-200 @ 60mm & "250D" close up lens; 1/25s x f22, ISO-100

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Old Apr 12, 2012, 4:09 PM   #2
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Nice image of an ugly thing
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Old Apr 13, 2012, 12:44 AM   #3
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Good lord, what a monster!!
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Neat looking spider skin!
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this is one of the reasons why I don't want to move to Australia!
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Cool shot with some nasty fangs.
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Spiders, ticks, scorpions, insects, millipedes, centipedes, lobsters, shrimp, crabs, etc., are all arthropods encased in an exoskeleton. Everything you see on the outside is exoskeleton. For the critter to grow in size, the old exoskeleton must be cast off. The new exoskeleton forms, but is soft at first, so the critter can expand in size, and then hardens.
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Thankyou TG

I'm just a bit amazed that the 'everything' imcludes the eyes, fangs and tiny hairs...

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Scary, ugly spider. How big is it?
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a female adult could be 75mm [3inches] across - males are mostly quite small
The spider is not agressive to us in any way and its bite is not known to be harmful to us. Unlike the Aussie redback or the damn funnelweb - each of which will hospitalise the 'unlucky' recipient

We also have a garden spider known as the 'white-tailed' spider - about 2,5cm across whose venom causes your flesh to turn to mush and gardeners who get bitten on hands/feet/legs often find 18-36months of problems ensue afterwards

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