So in an IRC discussion, I'm fairly certain I've cracked the enigma code. The one question on EVERYBODY'S MIND ever since the dawn of Super Mario Bros...
Just where do Lakitus keep all those Spiny dudes?
The answer is simple: Spiny are actually Lakitus in a larval form. Lakitus are genderless and asexual and their reproductive rate is around the same rate as ants. Lakitus fly over the enemy, birthing their larva and then throw them within the near vicinity of the enemy. SPINIES ARE NOTHING MORE THAN YOUNG LAKITU.
Following their birth, if a Spiny survives the wrath of the enemy, it will eventually sprout into a full blown Lakitu. If a Spiny falls into a pit, once it matures, it will form a cloud much like the one it's parent has. The cloud is a gland. This is why it can only be harvested from the Lakitu via certain methods. Thus the cycle of life repeats.
You are now all educated in the biology and life cycle of a Lakitu, however we still need to make a comprehensive guide on all creatures of the Mushroom Kingdom. Post your discoveries and let us create an ENCYCLOPAEDIA!
Lakitus sure are cruel creatures... throwing their babys out right after birth like trash.
So, where do the pipe dwelling Lakitus come from? And why do spinys loose their carapace when growing up, where as it provides perfect protection from Marios deadly feet?
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And why don't they give birth on a track(in Mario Kart)?
I think lakitu is a litttle busy for that
Yeah, so what if I haven't shoveled out my signature yet, I'll get to it later.