NORFOLK -- The pictures may creep you out, but they're fascinating to the folks at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.

Cameras there caught one of the zoo's Goliath bird eating spiders molting. The brownish-red part is the discarded/outgrown exoskeleton. Shedding is a natural part of a spider's growth, much like how a snake sheds its skin, zoo officials said.

The spider has a leg-span of two to 12 inches and is native to northeastern South America.

Despite this spider's name, its diet generally consists of small rodents, insects, frogs, and sometimes a small bird. Females can live for up to 25 years.

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