Story: Peripatus

Shedding skin

Shedding skin

As they grow, peripatus shed their thin outer skin every few weeks. The new skin has a liquid film, making it easier to shed the old skin, which the peripatus eats, to recycle the nutrients. The peripatus can digest solid matter (in the form of its own skin) as well as its usual liquid diet.

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Paddy Ryan, 'Peripatus - Reproduction', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13268/shedding-skin (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 24 Sep 2007