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draiko

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I got into a debate with a guy who claims a spiders exo skeleton has a wax coating. which means its waterproof so the humidty of cages do not matter. How much of this is true?
 

Cassiusstein

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I got into a debate with a guy who claims a spiders exo skeleton has a wax coating. which means its waterproof so the humidty of cages do not matter. How much of this is true?
I believe the younger ones do not possess this "wax" although I'm not exactly aure how young. It is actual bristles that are covered in a wax like substance. So he is right. Now about the humidty part, that sounds like a huge heap of :dead: regardless of if they're covered in wax, glass, kryptonite, or whatever, they still breath through their book lungs. Ask him to use a reptifogger on full blast in one of his enclosures non stop and see what happens.
 

ledzeppelin

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They do have a waxy coating which prevents water loss and desiccation. This is different from being wateproof.. But humidity of cages matters. To give you an extreme example: Crabs have even more waterproof exoskeleton, but will die if left out to dry :)
 
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