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Everytime I check on my surinam roaches, I notice that some of the nymphs are shiny on the front part of their bodies and dull on the very end of the abdomen. It's almost as if there's a perfect line between the shiny and dim parts.

What's up with this?

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Could it be a secretion?

The only advantage I can think of involving having half of your body being dull is that if you're found and you decide to burrow, a predator can't see your movements as easily since you're not as shiny...

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Could it be a secretion?

The only advantage I can think of involving having half of your body being dull is that if you're found and you decide to burrow, a predator can't see your movements as easily since you're not as shiny...

Maybe, but there are many burrowers that are shiny or dull all over.
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