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Cataglyphis sp.

Added on: 11/2/2006
Article number: cavi0001
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The kinds of the type Cataglyphis are exclusively ground inhabitants. In adaptation to their way of life as a ground hunter they have nearly lost the ability to climb up at plain surfaces like panes of glass. They do this only under the greatest efforts and undertake such excursion only at food storage, at concerns or lack of space. As an inhabitant of subtropic areas this ant needs a rest, like the hibernation of local kinds. A cool down of the terrarium on 15 to 18 degrees for 1 to 2 months in the winter is enough to interrupt the brood activity and to give the colony time to regenerate. Also offer enough fodder in the form of carbohydrates now.

  • Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Formicini
  • Distribution:  north africa
  • Characteristics: very polymorph
  • Appearence of the queen: head and thoraxand abdomen matt black, bottom side of the abdomen shiny black, very long legs
  • Appearance of the workers: Head and thorax and abdomen matt black, bottom side of the abdomen shiny black, very long legs
  • Size: Queen about 16 mm, Workers: 6 - 16 mm
  • Breed-time: fast (4 - 6 weeks)
  • Nest building: soil nests
  • Nutrition: living insects self-hunted, also fresh-dead insects and other invertebrates, honey- and sugar water, always fresh water in a drank. (The kind is not excessively demanding, but needs, sufficient care and constant supplies of animal protein during the summer period)
  • Temperature: warm (25 - 30 °C), in the deeper nest area there should be cooler areas.
  • Air humidity: in the deeper nest area there should be areas with higher air humidity. besides dry, occasional spraying of the runout area with water.
  • Number of basins: 1 basin is adequate, but with a base as lage as possible.
  • Dimensions of basin: at least 40 x 30 x 30 cm (depending of colony-size), with a possibility to clean up the nest
  • Soil conditions: sand, loam, stones. Design the fittings from steppes to dessert-like, some dry branches increase the runout surface.
  • Planting: Plantation with mediterranean plants is advantageous. Hydrocultures with havy little stones are advisable, because for the big and strong ants it is impossible then to put on twig nests in the damp root area.
  • Accessories: an infrared heating lamp for heating the nest. Terrarium lighting with clock timer. 
  • Keeping level: middle
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with 200-230 workers