Friday, January 28, 2011

Summer, the season when people shed clothes, lizards moult and crabs discard old shells

Just as I shed layers of clothes today when the temperature reached 30°C, so Stego lizard (my 40-year-old stumpy-tailed pet) sheds his skin on a regular basis, and along the seashore crab shells are found in great numbers -- in amongst flotsam.

These crab shells are not the remains of dead crabs; rather discarded outer shells that the crabs exchange for a new, slightly larger shell. Moulting time for crabs occurs during summer and this is the season when Stego is more likely to shed his skin too.

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