Ebony’s moult

Ebony, our female Brazilian salmon pink birdeater tarantula, has undergone her annual moult, allowing keepers to get a close-up look at her mouth, fangs, pads and claws on her shed exoskeleton.

Tarantulas have a rigid casing protecting their internal organs. As they grow, a larger exoskeleton develops underneath the old one, which sheds as the new one stretches out.

And after a few days rest from her moult, which allowed for her new exoskeleton to harden, staff moved Ebony to a new tank in the farm barn – and she’s now so big, our spider-loving keeper, Sarah, needed two hands just to hold her!