If you thought insects weren’t gross enough with their multiple legs and horrifying little monster faces, they also have a propensity to shed their exoskeletons in the most disgusting ways. In fact, just about every creepy, crawly animal on the planet does this bizarre routine.
Below are a few creepy gifs of animals molting. This process might be even creepier than the creatures themselves. Can you stomach it?
Spider crab in a spider crab suit.
This guy looks like he had trouble with his zipper.
It almost looks like his ghost is leaving his body. What’s with the color?
Extreme Makeover: Scorpion Edition.
This cicada is having an out-of-body experience.
How does the skin just stay there like that?
This looks like something out of Alien.
Did this caterpillar just poop out another caterpillar?
Oh, don’t worry. This isn’t a creepy snake. It’s actually secretly an even creepier snake.
These are creepy, sure, but wouldn’t it be kind of cool if we did this? Do you think anyone would tell if I shed my exoskeleton in a meeting and left for an hour?