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Pet Ant Keepers

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by chicken19, May 5, 2016.

  1. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone else keep ants?
    Ants are amazing creatures! If you don't keep ants, please consider doing so!
    Keeping ants is so easy! All you need is a jar, some sand, some dirt, and few ants!
    Did you know you can even train ants to come?

    I have a simple, handbuilt formicarium and a few ants.
    If you want to learn how to keep ants, these websites might help you out:
    Blog.wildaboutants.com
    www.antfinity.com
    Antmaps.org
    Queenant.proboards.com
    www.antscanada.com
    www.antnest.co.uk


    If are interested in keeping ants or have ants please post!
    Feel free to ask me any ant questions and I will try to answer them!
    This is the simple ant farm I built: http://www.wikihow.com/Build-an-Ant-Farm
    It is very simple and my ants love it!

    If you are interested in keeping ants please send me a PM or post here if you have any questions.
    I keep ants and it has costed me $0 dollars.
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep ants sporadically - my kid's interest really, not my own. we build formicarium for them, and I do enjoy that aspect of it - as it allows some creativity. We're considering a new colony this year - leaning towards 'little black ants' or a ghost ant variety...
     
  3. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! I'm so happy to meet another ant person (even if you are just doing it for your kid).
    Ants are so fun and educational. :)
     
  4. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    I guess ants aren't that popular lol I think ants are very interesting but I'd be worried that they might escape and end up in my bed or my clothes or something.. Think I'll stick to rodents :p but if you have any pics of your ants I'd be interested in seeing them.
     
  5. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can post a pic soon.
    I've never had mine escape, the workers don't get too riled up unless you move the formicarium harshly or cover an entrance.
    I use a fine mesh and a metal lid with holes and no-one has escaped.
    What kind of rodents do you keep?
     
  6. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    None at the moment, but I've kept many hamsters. I would like to adopt some gerbils soon :] Where do you get the ants from?
     
  7. chicken19

    chicken19 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I catch my own.
    You can find mated queens searching for nest sites in spring and summer.
    Just make sure that the ants you catch aren't an aggresive species.
     
  8. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh wow maybe I'll try that next year, thanks :)
     

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