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    Many websites say that reptiles, namely snakes, shed their skin because as their bodies grow their skin doesn't grow with them. Therefore, they need to get rid of the old skin to allow for growth. My question is: why doesn't snake skin grow? Also, what does it mean when a snake grows-- is is their organs and skeleton?

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    There is another reason for snakes to shed their skin other than growth. It allows them to shed old worn out scales with new ones. The outer scale layer is, in effect dead skin. Humans do basically the same thing; we lose outer dead skin layers which are replaced. We just do it in tiny bits and pieces rather than all at one shot.

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