What Is Happening to this Frog? | Amazing Frog Skin

What Is Happening to this Frog? | Amazing Frog Skin


It’s night time, and in the twilight Jabba
the Hutt, quietly wriggles and shuts his eyes tightly. Jabba is our pacman frog, his species in particular
known as a Surinam horned frog. He’s actually undergoing a pretty interesting
change tonight, that happens to him every few weeks. In the privacy of his mossy bed, Jabba continues
to blink, and open his mouth. And you’re about to find out what he’s doing
now. See, there! At the corner of his mouth, see that dark
slimy thing? And slowly the dark slime slips completely
into his mouth and out of sight. What you saw there was Jabba’s old skin. Our pacman frog, like all frogs was undergoing
a routine shed, something all frogs do, and it just so happens Jabba’s species eats his
old skin. Wouldn’t want to waste nutrients now would
you? By morning Jabba’s glorious colours are the
best they’ve ever been! His skin is always the nicest after a molt. Now if you’re new to the channel, I know you
may be thinking, but wait AntsCanada. Isn’t this an ant channel? Why frogs? Yes, first off, warm welcome to you newcomers
to the channel, where we often feature more than just ants, but other animals too, because
ants happen to have close relationships with a tonne of other creatures in nature, frogs
being one of them. Now you may be surprised just how awesome
frog skin actually is, and in this mid-week video, I wanted to do a deep dive on the wonders
of frog skin, and show you why I feel frog skin is some of the coolest skin in the animal
kingdom, and why frog skin is actually important for us humans! So the first thing you might wanna know about
frog skin, which may surprise you, is that all frogs have poison glands in their skin,
particularly at the head and back. Jabba here, as well as many other frogs have
only mild toxins… thankfully, not that I hold him much anyway. It just causes a fowl taste if an animal were
to try to eat it. But some frogs have poisons that can harm
humans! Case in point: Poison dart frogs! They frogs get their lethal skin toxins from
eating toxic ants and termites from the habitats they’re from. Yet another way in which ants and frogs are
connected! Another cool thing about frog skin is that
they can breath through it! They can absorb oxygen through their skin,
as well as water! Many frogs don’t even have to drink water
with their mouths. They just absorb water into their bodies by
soaking in it. Jabba here always loves huddling in his moist
bed of moss, and keeps nice and hydrated at all times. But the magic of frog skin lies in the awesome
slime that covers Jabba’s whole body. It helps keep his skin permeable to water,
oxygen, and nutrients. It also keeps water from evaporating out of
his body, and from completely drying up. The slime is also a great barrier against
bacteria and fungus! Now let’s talk colours! Jabba’s colouration is just gorgeous, wouldn’t
you say?! His patterns of greens, browns, and yellows
allow him to camouflage in moss and leaf litter in which he hides most of the time. If frogs aren’t brightly coloured like dart
frogs warning predators that they’re toxic, they’re more cryptic in colouration, allowing
them to camouflage in their preferred habitats. Now, Jabba the Hutt here is a pretty incredible
pet frog, and he’s really starting to win my heart! He chirps every day, especially when he hears
my voice or hears me watching youtube. Frogs like Jabba here are important to us
humans, because frogs are often the indicator of a healthy or unhealthy environment. They’re like the canary in a coal mine! If a place gets too polluted with harmful
agents and chemicals, frogs will be among the first creatures to disappear, because
their skin is so absorbent! If you find an area that has a lot of frogs,
Note bene: frogs that are not mutated that is, then you know that there’s a good chance
that area’s ecosystem is healthy and clean! If you would like to see more about Jabba
here you must watch our video when we first introduced him to the channel and built this
mossy paradise for him complete with a living wall and drip system. He’s such a cute little guy and a cool hands-off
pet to live with! I also have left a hidden video for you here
if you’d like to see him eating his pellets and a baby mouse! He sure loves his food so go check him pigging
out! Thanks, guys for watching! And we’ll see you for our next video this
Saturday so be sure to subscribe to the channel for more cool ant and nature discovery! It’s frog love forever! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload a new video every Wednesday and Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to like, comment, share, and
subscribe if you enjoyed this video to help us keep making more. It’s ant love forever!

MYSTERY PET UNBOXING: ExoticsLair Sent Me Something Alive

MYSTERY PET UNBOXING: ExoticsLair Sent Me Something Alive


It’s the season of love and generosity. A time when your friends and family give you
gifts as a sign of love and gratitude. Or in my case, a time when a fellow invertebrate
hobbyist gave me a gift to add to my growing menagerie of creatures, scaled, feathered,
aquatic, colonial, slimy, and multi-legged. This week AC Family, a friend of mine who
you might know, named ExoticsLair from the ExoticsLair Youtube channel sent me a gift. He too is owner of a multitude of exotic creatures,
and I can’t wait to see what he’s sent me. I know it’s alive and it’s big! Ladies and gentlemen, this is a Youtube cross-over
you have all been waiting for. Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel! Please subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! This big box wrapped in holiday wrapping arrived
at my place today. Hmm, let’s see. Well, well well. It’s from my good friend Exotics Lair! What a surprise! Just kidding! I knew this was coming and have been waiting
for it for days! For the longest time, one of the most requested
collabs from you guys has been to collab with Exotics Lair! I am sure many of you AC Family have seen
his channel where he shows his various arachnids and reptiles. I love his channel and so I reached out to
him to collab, and so we decided that for the holiday season we’d get each other a
new pet creature to add to our respective critter rooms! The rule was we could get each other anything
we wanted. Super cool right? And so, here lies the box from Exotics Lair. Quite a big box I must say. What could be inside, I wonder? Hmmm… Well, there’s nothing left to do but to
unwrap the gift. And just like they say, you gotta rip the
wrapper for good luck! There you go! Oh man! Guys, look! It was huge! And sitting right there up against the glass! Guess she was eager to be seen. At first, I didn’t recognize the species,
and this is what ExoticsLair had to say! Hey! What’s going on AC Family and what’s up
AC. If you guys don’t know already what this
video is about. Christmas is coming near. It’s around the corner. SO AC and I decided that we’re gonna buy
each other Christmas presents. How exciting! Yeah. I know. So, what we did was we decided to pack each
other an animal and just pass animal over so we can unbox it and create an enclosure
for it and care for it. And all those good stuff. By the time this video is uploaded, Christmas
is probably just a few days away. And my video should probably be up a few days
after AC’s video. Yeah so this is my channel. Wow! Self-promotion. I’m not sure if AC’s gonna insert this
clip before the unboxing or after his unboxing. But yeah anyways if this is after the unboxing
you guys already know what I bought for AC. Well, it is this. I have it as well. Yay! I actually wanted to get him a different animal
but then all the animals that were there I never have an experience Yeah. I am just a tarantula guy guys so what do
you expect. So anyways, this is the tarantula I got him. I mean not this one but same species. Well, this is Chako golden knee Awesome! A Chaco Golden-knee tarantula! Thanks so much, ExoticsLair! I love her and I love the setup you made for
yours. The spider’s colours definitely reminded
me of my very first tarantula that I had years ago as a kid, a close relative called a rose
hair. I can see where this Chaco golden-knee gets
its name. Look at those bright golden patches found
on its knees. See how beautiful she is? I couldn’t wait for her to settle in to
our Antiverse, AC style! Check out what I had planned next! So, I knew this setup wasn’t designed by
ExoticsLair himself, but rather came with the tarantula at purchase. It’s a typical display terrarium, which
works, but as you know, we here on the channel like to spoil our creatures and give them
the best living conditions possible. Though a basic Chako Tarantula setup doesn’t
need to be fancy, I wanted to give her a tarantula paradise ideal for terrestrial tarantulas
like herself. I noticed she didn’t like to hang out much
in the clay pot hide provided to her, but rather chose to stay by the back of the tree
stump. It’s cool that she enjoys being out in the
open so we can see her, but I hear the species does like to dig. Plus, I wanted to make her terrarium a bit
more bioactive with some plants and soil creatures. And with that AC Family, let’s create our
new Chaco golden-knee tarantula a new home! First, I had to remove the tarantula from
the enclosure so we could work freely inside. I wasn’t afraid, because as Exotics Lair
said, these tarantulas are generally docile. I just had to test her by tapping her a little
with my plastic stick thingy, also making sure not to startle her. Regardless of how friendly a tarantula is,
the fangs still work and a tarantula will bite if they feel the need to. But she poses no problem. Ahhh there! Isn’t she just magnificent? She’s absolutely huge! You wanna make sure when picking these tarantulas
up you don’t drop them because the pedicle which attaches the head to the abdomen isn’t
designed to absorb shock very well in terrestrial tarantulas like this. I made sure areas of escape were blocked and
quickly placed her holding container beneath her. And in she goes. Now, let’s remove these big components inside
the tank so I can begin transforming the land. First, I removed this earthen pot. Yes, in a bare bones set up this it looks
nice and works, but I wanted something a bit more natural looking for her hide. Next, let’s address the big elephant in
the room. And by that, I mean this big tree trunk that
looks like an elephant trunk. Now to add more soil medium so I could give
her more stuff to dig into, as well as for growing some plants later, and for that I
will be needing, the Nucleus! This bioactive soil, full of beneficial creatures
and the worms will be essential in the growth of plants in this terrarium, as well as keep
it cleaner for our tarantula. Next, I’ll be adding in some ordinary soil. Now, for the centerpiece. I wanted her burrow to be somewhere in the
middle and so I placed this gorgeous tree trunk here, which would offer a sort of hide,
as well as give the terrarium an interesting topography with varying levels. As always, I like to design using the arm-chair
format, highest decor and land at the back, lower on the sides, and lowest at the front. It makes for optimal viewing! Next, are these philodendron and vein plants. They are my go-to terrarium plants because
they do well in low-light and varying water conditions. These tarantulas don’t need wet terrariums,
so these plants will be perfect! Next, I will add this piece of cork bark to
further accentuate where the burrow should be, just to spell out clearly where our tarantula
could retreat to for a hide. There we go! Also, I added some sphagnum moss inside for
comfort, as well as around the tank as a gorgeous terrarium garnishing. And the final touch is this water bowl. Are you ready to see the final product AC
Family? Here it is. AC Family, behold! The new home of our Chako golden-knee tarantula. I aimed to create her a tree-stump sanctuary,
where she could burrow if she wanted to, as well as have lots of room to wander if she
wanted. What do you think, AC Family? Do you think she’ll like it? Here is a close-up of the burrow. Hopefully, she moves into this space. Some tarantula keepers like to see their tarantulas
24-7, but I’m the type that is ok with just seeing them half in and half out of their
burrows at night, legs out and waiting for prey! We’ll see! These gorgeous plants truly add a natural
touch to this haven. They’ll also be great for keeping humidity
higher. Finally, it is time to bring back the star
of the show. Here she is! Go go go. And into the terrarium we place her, and awesome
right into the tunnel she goes! Super cool! Now let’s close the lid and allow her to
rest. She stood still for awhile in her new palace,
but it wasn’t long before she started to explore. How I loved her so much! She was so cute! And oh, looks like she had found a second
floor to what I thought was a bungalow! She slipped into a cozy space above where
I had expected her to hide. She remained there for the night. Haha! Ahhh well, I guess you can lead a tarantula
to a tank, but you can’t make them burrow! Over the next few days, I watched her try
out different areas of the terrarium, and though I caught her resting inside her burrow
a couple times, her favourite spot was right here, on top of her bed of plants where she
could sprawl out, chilling on her earthen porch. I’m thrilled to welcome this new gorgeous
spider to the Antiverse. Alright, guys you know what’s next right? What should we name this new, huge Chaco Golden-knee
tarantula? Leave your name suggestions in the comments,
and I’ll choose my top 5 favourites for us to vote on in a future video. Big thank you again to Exotics Lair! Be sure to check his channel out on Monday
to see what epic creature I got him! I’ll tell you now, they’re one of my favourite
creatures in the world, and I am certain it would be the perfect addition to Exotics Lair’s
exotics lair! Thank you guys so much for watching, it’s
ant and spider love forever! Alright, guys did you enjoy today’s episode? Be sure to leave your name suggestions for
our new girl in the comments. A lot more nature and animal-goodness coming
up, plus we now upload twice a week for the month of December anyway, so you know what
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and gear packs from now until January 2020, plus a free copy of our newly updated “Ultimate
Ant Keeping Handbook”, right now at AntsCanada.com. Click the link in the description to get your AC ant farm today! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like clues as to what I got ExoticsLair for the Holidays! Haha! Go see if you can figure it out before his
video uploads! And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Why would it be a bad idea to mix the two
colonies? Congratulations to Nintendo 1306 Reshiram
who correctly answered: They would fight. Congratulations Nintendo, you just won a free
Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Why was I okay to handle this tarantula? Leave your answer in the comments section
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Skeptical Ants Doubting the Colony “Rumors” (Hilarious Ant Story)

Skeptical Ants Doubting the Colony “Rumors” (Hilarious Ant Story)


Greetings! Welcome to another mid-week episode of the
AntsCanada Ant Channel. This week I noticed something pretty funny
happening in my ant terrarium, and I think you guys might find it both hilarious and
intriguing. So, if you’re new to the channel, welcome,
this ant colony here is a supercolony of black crazy ants, we call the Dark Knights, and
being a supercolony of millions of ants, as you might expect they eat a lot, and have
no time for non-sense when it comes to food collection. After all, they’ve got a tonne of babies to
feed, as you can see here in their nest. All those white things are the next generation
of ants! So, I placed a jar of honey into their penthouse
area for them to drink. Of course, it didn’t take long for one ant
to discover the honey, and boy was it excited because it had been awhile since they’d had
Canadian honey! Mmmm… She gobbles up the delectable honey, bopping
her abdomen up and down in joy! Now when she makes her way back to tell the
rest of the colony about the honey, this is where things start to get funny! OK, that rhymed. So ant communication is almost exclusively
based on pheromones. They produce biochemicals which they waft
into the air to deliver a message to adjacent ants in the area who smell these chemicals
and interpret the messages. The ant going crazy up there is trying to
tell everyone that the hugest jar of sweet stuff is up in the penthouse! No cap! Some of the ants nearby believe her and go
on to spread the message of food to the other ants. Like gossiping VSCO girls, word travels back
to the colony, which works at sending out other curious ants to check out the rumors
of delicious food in the penthouse. But something was a bit peculiar. Usually a tonne of ants would be leaving the
nest by now rushing to gobble up that honey! But looking into the terrarium, it seemed
like, yeah some ants were leaving the nest to inspect, but a lot of them would just end
up congregating and hanging around in groups, refusing to make the extra effort of going
into the penthouse. Instead, they preferred to wait for other
ants to verify if the rumors were true. After all, yeah everyone in the colony knew
about the sweet coconut jelly they’ve been feeding on for weeks. They were all pretty tired of that by now! And yeah everyone knew about the plain old
superworm that dropped from the sky again! But it seemed everyone failed to understand
that no, there was a fresh jar of new honey waiting there to be eaten. But over time, a few inquisitive ants, who
were filled with a desire for the truth, actually went up and discovered the honey. And these ants filled up their social stomachs
to barf the honey back up and into the mouths of their fellow worker ants, to let them know
that “Hello! Here’s the real tea, ladies!” And thankfully, it was enough to very gradually
convince the entire colony that indeed the rumors were true! But I watched as the ants had to literally
give more and more sample tastes of the honey to the doubting Thomases of the colony, before
they really started swarming the house! Thank goodness for those first ants, who actually
took it upon themselves to investigate things themselves! They’re the true heroes. Now if you’re worried about those ants that
slipped into the honey and look like they’re drowning, don’t worry. They’re alive and just stuck. In fact, they’re still drinking even while
stuck there! They’ll be freed as soon as the colony finishes
drinking up the entire jar. Perhaps it’s karma for not trusting the first
ants, only coming around once everyone else jumped on the honey bandwagon. Haha! Thank you guys so much for watching! For those who watched all the way to the end
of this video, I’ve placed something here as your reward! It’s a hidden video of something cool for
you to check out! Trust me. Don’t you be one of them doubting ants, too! We’ll see you again with another nature-filled
episode of discovery this Saturday. It’s ant love forever! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Wednesday and Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
SUBSCRIBE if you enjoyed this video to help us keep making more. It’s ant love forever!

Why The World Hates Fire Ants


I feel most people either find ants gross
or even fear them, while others don’t even notice them, and some even hate them, especially
fire ants! But let me tell you, as ant keeper of many
years now, every single day, I am reminded of how epic and mind-blowing ants really are,
and most especially fire ants. So today I wanted to take you on a journey,
for a more intimate and deeper look into my tiny city of fire ants, whom you guys have
voted to be called The Fire Nation, and show you just how miraculous ant life truly is,
by using fire ants, perhaps the most hated ants of all as our subjects. We’ll even get to meet the most important
member of the ant colony who has been there since the genesis of this now massive ant
colony – the queen. You won’t want to miss this incredible ant
tour so keep on watching until the end. AC Family, let’s gather round my ant room
for another epic session of ant watching, and see what the world doesn’t know about
the secret lives of these creatures called fire ants, why they are hated globally, and
what it is truly like to live as an ant within the colony, along with our royal highness,
in this info-packed episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Get ready to be mind-blown! Who needs nature shows. Just watch this channel. Enjoy! People ask me why I am so crazy about ants. After all, they’re pests, especially these
fire ants, which most of the world loathes. Well, I see things a little differently. First of all, not all ants are household pests,
but for this video, let’s focus in on fire ants. I get why people hate them. They appear in huge numbers, eat our food,
leave us with painful stings, cause short circuits in our equipment, and during floods,
they even survive by forming massive rafts to float on water. Not even water, can kill fire ants! These fire ants that you see here, like most
fire ants are a very invasive species, and many countries including the US and quite
recently countries like Japan have put such fire ants on their “biohazard list of pest
species to quarantine”. The Fire Nation here is a species known in
the scientific world as Solenopsis geminata, and let me tell you, it is super famous, or
should I say infamous, because it has successfully invaded pretty much all of the world’s tropical
and subtropical countries. It’s hard to find a tropical place in the
world that hasn’t been conquered by these ladies. In the USA, these girls, as well as the more
prolific species, their cousins Solenopsis invicta have invaded and become the source
of many problems in human populated areas. Now when I say “invaded” it means these ants
somehow were introduced to a given area and spread like wildfire (no pun intended) colonizing
and establishing themselves in that place. Now the reason why this process of invading
can be a bad thing for an area, is because like most animal and plant invaders, what
happens is the invading species becomes a competitor to native species and can displace
them, destroy them, and/or even overconsume resources like food. Essentially, when you have an invasive species
of any animal or plant move into a new place, it affects the entire ecosystem of that area. In the case of the Philippines, where I live,
where the queen of this colony was collected, these fire ants invaded many years ago and
today mostly occupy cities, and luckily have not wiped out the native ants which now generally
tend to stay outside of the cities, at least for now. Locals here are used to seeing fire ants in
homes and know to stay clear of them because they sting. But in places like the US, fire ants have
become a major agricultural pest, killing native ants and contibuting to the destruction
of important crops due to their tendancy to tend plant-destroying aphids as a food source,
aside from their nuissance as stinging house pests. But what makes fire ants such destructive
forces of nature throughout the world? To better understand fire ants, you have to
look at where they came from. The dangerous fire ant species the world hates,
originated from South America. Let’s go there! It’s amazing to think that the jungles of
South America helped create through evolution these highly adaptive, prolific, and destructive
ant machines known as Fire Ants! The terrain there is very diverse and hostile,
a habitat full of predators, extreme climate, lots and lots of rain, and just full of many
other ants, insects, and creatures competing for the same resources. In the jungles of South America, survival
of the fittest certainly applies! So it’s no wonder that evolution and natural
selection helped give rise to the ever impactiful fire ant. No wonder they produce so quickly, in such
huge numbers, have the power to destroy ecosystems, deliver such painful stings, and even are
capable of floating on water during floods. Their native place of origin made them that
way! In fact, a lot of the world’s problematic
and invasive species of ant originated in South America, like argentine ants and rasberry
crazy ants. But the next question is, how then did they
get around and migrate to other parts of the world? Did they develop airlines, too? Well, believe it or not. That’s not too far from the truth. We humans flew them, sailed them, drove them,
and cargoed them around the world. The export of plants from South America in
the plant trade, as well as any cargo for that matter, including produce, all contributed
to the worldwide spread of Fire Ants. They actually migrated to other parts of the
world via trojan horses and are still doing it to this day. There really is no way of stopping them. Governments now try inspection and some even
spraying of all items entering a country. During a recent trip to Borneo, I was surprised
to learn Malaysian government requires all planes to be sprayed with pesticide prior
to landing, and they asked all of us to simply cover our noses while flight staff fumigated
the entire cabin. But even then, after all the precautions,
all it takes is one single pregnant queen ant hiding somewhere to start an entire massive
and growing ant colony in a new place. And speaking of a single pregnant queen ant,
back to my ant room. Let’s meet our Royal Highness, shall we? Here lies the entrance of what you guys have
called the Blaze Maze, a recently installed AC Hybrid Nest 2.0, our newest flagship formicarium
available at AntsCanada.com, and the Fire Nation here has made it their new lair. Opening it up, right at the heart of the Blaze
Maze is a mass grouping of worker ants, and if you look closely you will see deep inside
the mass of worker ants is the queen. She is bigger, and wow check out her completely
bloated gaster, just full of eggs. The technical term for this condition of gaster
bloating due to eggs is “physogastrism”. Now in a previous video, we mentioned that
this queen lays many eggs every few minutes, and one of you guys wrote to me asking how
this was possible seeing as, if she was constantly laying eggs every couple of minutes, that
would be some pretty fast egg development inside her. Well, what I failed to mention in that video
was that she isn’t always laying eggs. In many species of ants, the queen has egg-laying
seasons, periods where she will be popping eggs out like crazy, as seen here. This queen of ours is in her egg-laying period. But there are also times when she is not laying
eggs, and is simply producing more eggs within her. It seems in our video from a few weeks ago,
you guys spotted the queen dashing away from our camera, but if you look closely at her,
her gaster was not as physogastric, not as large as it is now. So at that time, our queen was in her egg-laying
break period. She also didn’t have as many ants completely
clamouring all around her at that time like we see here. For those of you who keep ants in North America,
Europe, Australia, and other temperate regions, you will also notice these egg-laying breaks
througout the year and throughout all of winter time. Now, AC Family, are you ready to be mind-blown? What is truly miraculous is how these fertilized
eggs are created inside the queen, and to learn about that, let’s go back to two years
ago when this queen was still a virgin. So at some point in our queen’s life, she
belonged to another nest of another mature colony somewhere here in the Philippines. She was born with wings, from another founding
queen of her birth colony. Now during mating season prior to rainy season,
she emerged from her birth nest, took off into the air along with all her fellow queen
sisters, and so too did her winged brothers. So get this, in this massive one month a year
event, called the “Nuptial Flight” all fire ant colonies’ virgin queens and males of her
species throughout all of the Philippines took to the air at the same time, and engaged
in a huge mating session. Can you believe it? Every year, completely by instinct, biological
clock, and cues from weather, the fire ants throughout the country release a specific
pheromone which floats through the air to signal all fire ant reproductives to fly in
this Nuptial Flight month, a yearly ritual that has remained unchanged for millions and
millions of years, and this is how it happens for almost every ant species in the world. Every species has their given Nuptial Flight
season in the year, and the ants fly and mate in the same way. So our queen, after having mated with several
male ants, who by the way, die after mating, dropped to the ground and broke off her wings. Can you imagine that after using her flight
equipment, she no longer needs it so it is completely discarded. Talk about body mutilation! Then she proceeded to start her own colony
somewhere else, and as she was wandering around, she was captured and cared for, and eventually
ended up in my ant room to start her own growing ant colony, which became what you guys now
know as the Fire Nation. It’s amazing to think that this massive ant
colony started with just this single queen ant? And what’s even more amazing? Just that one day of mating was enough to
allow her to produce fertilized eggs for her entire life which could span multiple decades! Yes, she has a special organ in her body called
a spermatheca which keeps all that sperm collected during Nuptial Flight viable, and she releases
each sperm cell to fertilize one egg inside her for years and years to come. Talk about the perfect ant-manufacturing machine! It just blows my mind how amazing this queen
ant is. By the way, guys, now that the Hybrid Nest
allows us to actually see her and check up on her periodically, should we give this queen
a name? AC Family, leave your name suggestions for
our Royal Highness in the comments section and I will choose my favourites for the entire
AC Family to vote on in a future video. So once an egg is laid, one of these worker
ants grabs it and proceeds to place it in an egg pile somewhere in the nest. All these eggs will be workers, except prior
to Nuptial Flight season where some of the eggs become alates, i.e. reproductive queens
and males. When the eggs hatch, the larvae are transported
to a larva room, a sort of nursery where they are fed and constantly licked clean by the
workers. The workers who are all their sisters feed
the larvae via trophallaxis, a process where they essentially regurgitate stored food within
their crop, or social stomach. Food which was put deposited there from either
a previous meal, or via trophallaxis from a fellow sister worker ant. Tropallaxis is a great way for ants to distribute
food to one another so that only a few ants ever have to leave the nest to physically
find and eat the food in its raw form. Everyone else just stays home and waits for
the food to be delivered. Eventually these larvae grow and become pupae
and are then placed into a pupae incubation chamber where they are allowed to develop
into adult ants. By the way, these chambers for eggs, larvae,
and pupae, are always changing in location depending on ideal environmental conditions
for each stage. Usually the most humid rooms are delegated
for eggs and larvae, while the warmest rooms are for pupae. Some species of ants will even bring their
pupae to the upper most portions of their ant hills in order to “bake” the pupae under
the sun’s heat to speed up development of the pupae into adult worker ants. The faster ants can get the young to adulthood,
the better because a larger work force means greater survival rate for the ant colony. And that AC Family, is the miracle of ant
life. Can you see why ant lovers like myself are
crazy about ants? They are just mind-blowing creatures designed
to survive and proliferate efficiently in their extensive undeground cities. Though most of the world might dislike ants,
they still are pretty amazing creatures, essential to the environment and important for our survival. They are vital predators, decomposers, pollinators,
seed-distributers, and prey items in ecosystems around the world. And now the next time you see an ant, you
know where it came from and what it took for it to get there. Thanks for watching another episode of the
AntsCanada ant channel. This is AntsCanada signing out. It’s ant love forever. Alright, AC Family, aren’t ants the coolest
creatures? Now that you know how cool they are, I hope
all of you guys get the unique opportunity to keep ants yourselves and observe them in
the comfort of your own home as pets. The ant farm set up you see in this video
is available at AntsCanada.com. I will leave a link in the description box
to a complete easy-to-use kit called the All You Need Hybrid Nest Gear Pack for you to
check out if you would like to try ant keeping, and just a note: we do ship worldwide, as
well as offer starting ant colonies with a queen for sale from ant keepers who may be
from your city through our GAN Project, an initiative to helps lessen the spread of invasive
ants while helping the ant keeping community grow, so watch more about that in this video
here. Promise, you will find ant keeping to be super
fun and educational, and for all you parents out there, it’s an awesome way to bond with
your kids while learning about nature. It would be super cool to keep ants together
with you, guys. AC Inner Colony, of course, I have also left
a hidden cookie for you here, if you would just like to watch some extended play footage
of the Fire Nation living in their setup. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week, we asked: The fact that the fire ants chose
to keep mostly larvae in the new Hybrid Nest indicates what? Congratulations to Emerald Lion 1717 who correctly
answered: The fire ants chose to keep mostly
larvae in the new Hybrid nest because it has more humidity. Congratulations Emerald Lion 1717 you just
won a free AC Test Tube Portal from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is the technical term for
the condition of a queen ant’s gaster that is swollen with eggs? Leave your answer in the comments section
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I Created a Pineapple Beach Vivarium for Ants | Super Relaxing Video

I Created a Pineapple Beach Vivarium for Ants | Super Relaxing Video


OMG guys, our AC Antiverse, i.e. the Ant Room,
has entered a new era of sorts. It seems gone are the days when one of our
ant colonies lived completely on their own in an ant farm, devoid of any interaction
with other creatures or micro-organisms. In our past videos, I have shown you how putting
together small and big, vicious and friendly, prey and predatory creatures co-existing within
their mini world can create healthy and thriving vivariums. Easy to make, but awesome for observing nature! We’ve entered the Era of Vivariums! This week, you are yet again about to see
how I transform one of the most famous forest tanks on this channel into a beautiful, exotic
pineapple beach paludarium. Pineapples, you ask? Yes, I know, pretty random right, but just
watch until the end to see one of the most unique paludarium creations I’ve ever made
in my life, and perhaps you can create one, too! Plus, I got some other updates on other colonies
in the Ant Room whose symbiotic setups have proven to be quite the success. AC Family, sit back, relax and enjoy these
awesome scenes of nature in tanks, as we marvel at the beauty and wonders of the small, big
worlds we created and continue to create together in our AC Antiverse. Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel! Please subscribe to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! A trap-jaw ant licks the juices of hemolymph
and guts oozing from the dying superworm. I had cut this superworm up and threw it into
their territories to provide the colony nourishment. She was lucky to stumble across it, and so
she now has the task of informing the colony of the bounty. There she goes to tell the gang. It isn’t long before a few of her sisters
return to the site to join in on the feast. This whole superworm will be enough nourishment
for a colony of thousands for a whole day, which is why it’s so important for them to
eat as much as they can now and finish it up before any other creatures come along to
steal it, because as you know, in nature, it’s a dog-eat-dog world! I’ll be getting into what other creatures
these trap-jaw ants compete with and need to worry about in a sec. But if you’re new to the channel, these are
trap-jaw ants, known scientifically as Odonotmachus simillimus, whom we on the channel have named
the Jawbreakers. They have massive bear-trap jaws, capable
of opening 180 degrees and shutting with lightening speed and force. They use this special power for various things
like cutting this superworm up, as you can see her doing here, jumping into the air,
as we’ve seen in previous videos, and of course attacking. I had the misfortune of being bit by one of
these ants and I promise, it felt like I was electrocuted. It hurts so bad! Those jaws are one of the fastest moving appendages
in the animal kingdom! It kinda makes me nervous because these ants,
the Jawbreakers, are about to have an extreme renovation done to their territories, and
I have to do it with the colony still inside, which means if I want this to be as pain-free
as possible, I’m going to have to do it carefully. I also have given them extra food today, to
minimize the number of ants foraging at ground level, to make my job a bit easier. This here is a cricket which they’ve already
found and have been working on. I think this ant is going to attempt to bring
this entire carcass home. Good luck! Now before we go ahead and give these lands
a makeover, there’s something important I need to address first that applies to each
and every single one of you, so hear me out. A lot of you AC Family have been saying you’ve
been subscribed to the channel but haven’t been getting notifications of these new videos. Youtube isn’t perfect and has glitches. If you know you’re subscribed, could you guys
do me a favour and check to see if you’re still subscribed, and if you want to be reminded
of these weekly, soon to be twice weekly videos, be sure to hit the bell icon, and choose “ALL”. It breaks my heart every time I see comments
from you guys saying I haven’t uploaded in so long, when in actuality I have been, every
week as normal, but Youtube hasn’t been notifying you of my videos. I have tried to contact Youtube support but
they’ve told me it’s up to you guys to check and make sure you’re subscribed and part of
the notification squad. Whatever the case, let’s move on! So, now for the great renovation! Here’s why the lands of the Jawbreakers needed
to be changed up. The Hacienda del Dorado, a lush kingdom that
has witnessed tales of millions of ants and other organisms, has undergone the most changes
of any terrarium in the entire Antiverse. It was once the home of a huge supercolony
of yellow-crazy ants, an OG colony of this channel, called the Golden Empire. But out of nowhere, the Golden Empire was
crippled by a plague of blood-sucking mites, and had to be relocated to rehabilitate. They now live in an epic AC ant farm setup,
along with teams of beneficial creatures living with them in harmony. With the Hacienda Del Dorado now vacant, the
next ant colony in line for a larger space were the Jawbreakers, this colony of Trap-Jaw
Ants. They turned out to be the perfect colony for
this enormous glass structure because they don’t like heights and don’t climb glass so
keeping them contained was a breeze. And so today, four months later, this is what
the Hacienda Del Dorado looks like. Look! The plants had grossly overgrown. The leaves of this Green Nephthytis has totally
reached the mesh. Yup, this plant’s gonna need a cutting or
it’ll completely push against the mesh cover and grow out of this tank! Also, here, the swampy marsh near the waterfall
has grown a bit stagnant. Water from our waterfall has found a leak
hole in our plastic catcher, which is so exposed now. It used to be covered in moss. And so did the rocky wall of our waterfall. A lot of that moss had died out. Guess growing conditions weren’t suitable
for the species. It has thrived on this beach plateau of the
pond, but as you can see the lands were in need of a serious makeover! All that exposed plastic were cringe! But despite how unattractive the Hacienda
Del Dorado had grown, animal life within it has continued to flourish quite well. Time to meet some of the creatures the Jawbreakers
live with. Check it out! In the pond are these cute little cherry shrimp and rasbora fish. They help keep the aquatic environment clean. Now remember the vampire crabs I introduced
to the AC Antiverse five months ago? As you saw in a precious video, I decided
to put some of them in the Hacienda del Dorado. Check out this one eating organic bits from
the top of the waterfall rocks. It’s amazing how it managed to climb up here! By the way, our vampire crabs need a name
so pls take the time to vote for a name here, based on my top 5 picks from you, the AC Family
in a previous video. Thank you AC Council for your input. In case you might have seen a famous BBC video
where ants were wiping out a population of land crabs from Christmas island, don’t worry. That doesn’t happen all the time. In some cases, ants can get along with crabs. Case in point the vampire crab inhabitants of the Selva
de Fuego, the epic paludarium kingdom of one of the most meat-hungry and aggressive ants
I’ve ever owned – Fire Nation fire ants. See? A Fire Nation worker ant crawls on this crab
in search of anything organic it can eat trapped in spaces of its exoskeleton. Like a cowbird on a cow, this crab could offer
a hidden treasure on its body. It’s an interesting symbiotic relationship
because the crab benefits from the ants cleaning areas it can’t reach on its exoskeleton, and
the crab eats up any garbage or dead ant bodies the ants dump into the river, thereby keeping
the river cleaner. The crab also benefits from the protection
of a massive stinging colony of Amazonian ant warriors living all around. The crabs and the fire ants are friends in
a sweet biological partnership. Now speaking of biological relationships,
another territory is proving to benefit from this mixing of creatures, as well. The Canopy of Vortexia, our tree-top forest
home to our aggressive Weaver Ant Colony, The Emerald Empire has developed into a wild
jungle of a world. A month ago, I upped the bioactivity of these
territories, and introduced a colony of Dubia roaches and superworms to roam around the
land. Today, the creatures all live occupying their
particular niches. The superworms and roaches feed from the leaf
litter eating up decaying leaves from the trees. And every now and then, the weaver ants will
hunt the weakened individuals. Check out this cockroach nymph they’ve hulled
up into the trees and are consuming just under the nest. Talk about strong legs, these weaver ants
possess. Woops! If one ant let’s go too early they could drop
this massive carcass. Thankfully, they take shifts holding the roach
so they can rest while the roach is being consumed. But, as the Creator of Worlds of the Antiverse, I had to make some edits to plans. Remember the Death Sprites, our microhylid
frogs last used to keep the population of the Jawbreakers in check? I’ve decided to move the final frogs out,
because I would like the Jawbreaker population to get much bigger. They’re now living in this temporary holding
cell. Does this glass enclosure seem familiar to
you? Yup, this was the former home of my Gooty
Tarantula but marshed up. I can’t decide though whether I should keep
these frogs or let these frogs go back into the wild where I got them seeing as they’ve
successfully completed what I needed them for. What do you guys say? Vote here, AC Council! Alright, and now the moment we’ve all been
waiting for. Pineapple Beach paludarium! Let’s begin the transformative process of
the Hacienda Del Dorado. This was going to be one of the coolest things
I’ve ever created on the channel. First on the agenda of business, was to chop
these overgrown Green Nephthytis plants. Here we go. For those who may be concerned about the plants,
don’t worry, because these leafy plants are resilient. Even if I clear cut them, they’ll grow back,
plus I’ll be replanting these cuttings into a pot and use them to decorate my home. See they have roots! All other clippings, I’ll be using to feed
the creatures of the AC Nucleus, our composter and breeding chamber of bioactivating soil
creatures. Next, I wanted to remove some of these big
driftwood pieces… and carefully move this massive driftwood
piece closer to the back. I instantly saw that the Jawbreakers had been
disturbed and were now scrambling around. I had to be extra careful now not to get bitten
nor destroy their current nest tunnels too much. And after three careful hours of work, the
new Hacienda Del Droado was complete. AC Family, behold! The newly refurbished Hacienda del Dorado. Isn’t it just beautiful? It was an exotic and tropical paradise. Ooohhh I can’t wait to show you around! OK, first and foremost, let’s look at all
the new plants! AC Family, I want to address the pink pineapples
in the room! My favorite plants here of course are these
gorgeous and vibrant red pineapple plants, known scientifically as Ananas bracteatus. Its radiant colors gave energizing explosions
of reds and pinks to the lands, something I’ve never done before, but looks totally
amazing! I see them almost as plant pets now! Haha! I also installed a variety of epiphtic bromeliads,
also relatives of the pineapple. These are airplants called Tillandsias. I just love the look of them! I installed some vein plants, which add a
glorious complementary mix of dark greens and reds to the lands. And also some Peperomia growing in patches
all around. I planted some Calathea in the marshy swamp
to help keep this area cleaner. I also removed the plastic shelf, and filled
the marsh with java moss, so that more water could cascade into this marsh area, get filtered
naturally by the Calathea plants and moss, and spill into our pond. Doesn’t it look just stunning? Ahhhh mossy swamp heaven! Speaking of waterfalls, I improved that area,
too. I planted little bits of java moss along the
rocky waterfall, which has proven to do well in our other paludarium, Pacmania of Jabba
the Hutt, our Surinam horned frog. My hope is it continues to thrive and cover
this rocky wall. I left the bird’s nest fern inside, as well
as some of the old Green Nephthytis plant. But another of my top favourite things about
this new design, guys, is what I see as the icing on the cake. This white pebbly pathway completed the entire
pineapple beach look of this paludarium. Doesn’t it all look pretty unique? Unlike any paludarium we’ve ever made before. It actually reminds me of a river beach I
once visited in Borneo. Habitats like this actually exist in the wild. And look, our inhabitants seem to enjoy the
newly rejuvenated lands. The shrimp, fish and snails are enjoying their waters, which they can
probably tell by now feel cleaner thanks to the secondary marsh filter they have now! And so are the crabs. Looks like this crab decided to take advantage
of the renovations happening and stole the Jawbreaker’s superworm during all the commotion! What a sneaky fellow! Okay, maybe, that’s your house-warming gift
Mr. Crab. And of course, the stars of the show, the
Jaw breakers also showed signs of settling into these new lands. I could see most of them digging their tunnels
now and many individuals taking a stroll around exploring their new lands with wonder. As a house warming gift, I gave them another
superworm which they proceeded to feed from and rip, rip, rip chunks of flesh off to take
home into their underground chambers. So, I think it was safe to say this new renovation
project of the Hacienda Del Dorado and species mixing has been a great success! Wouldn’t you say? Over time, I truly enjoyed watching all the
inhabitants going about their business in these great lands which offered various microhabitats
for the inhabitants. We have a canopy of wood and bromeliads above,
an undergrowth of plants and pineapples, a marshy swamp area, a rocky waterfall, and
a pond. I do feel like with all of these amazing niches,
we can still stock this vivarium with more creatures. What do you guys think? Leave your suggestions for other creatures
you think we can add to these lands and watch integrate into this amazing community of life. I was thinking possibly a species of frog
that won’t eat our crabs nor our ants, and perhaps a species of lizard that won’t eat
our ants, nor bother our crabs, but can eat crickets or roaches perhaps. Whatever the case, I’ll definitely need to
do more research before deciding and can’t wait to hear your ideas, AC Family. And so, once again, our projects have been
pretty eye-opening! We’ve built some pretty awesome biological
partnerships in these worlds within glass we created, and it is just so awesome to know
you guys are joining me on this never ending journey of discovery and creation. I also love that a lot of you watching are
getting into this hobby of keeping various ants and creatures. I know you guys are capable of creating amazing
worlds like this in your home. If you’re wanting to start with an ant colony,
I suggest starting small and simple. My website AntsCanada.com offers some easy
to use homes in which you too can build complex communities of various creatures living with
ants. Just a reminder though that if you’re going
to mix larger species together like crabs and frogs and such, you need to research every
species carefully and ensure every creature has their own space and needs met, so that
there isn’t any overbearing competition for space or resources, as well as an imbalance
of sorts. I love this new Era of Vivariums we’re entering,
AC Family. It’s a new and hollistic mindset for the keeping
of the wildlife we care for. I’ve actually been doing a lot of research
lately on permaculture, of all things. I’ve recently become a farmer myself, and
no not just ant farms, but actual farming, farming. Hehe! And one of the things I’ve come to realize
based on permaculture principles, is that for an entire biological system to work, you
can’t just isolate components of the system and expect it to thrive forever, but rather
you need to include all components of the system in order for it to be sustainable. This means, you can’t have just ants in an ant farm and expect them to thrive
forever. Some strong ants might, but there would be
pieces missing. The ants need their posse of beneficial creatures
like sprintails, isopods, and beneficial mites to help them out in life. Imagine us being placed into a foreign world
where we need to survive ourselves, without stores that sell us food, garbage men who
deal with our garbage, doctors who help us heal, construction workers who build us homes,
internet and television to educate us on what’s going on, etc? But if all of that was placed into the world,
we’d all thrive. I’ve learned Wildlife is kinda the same. There’s a whole economy of relationships happening
out in Mother Nature, and we get to see evidence of it more and more in our Ant Room lately. It’s funny, if you leave ants in a clean ant
farm long enough, beneficial creatures just end up finding their way in and populating
the ant farm, anyway. That’s how strong the bond between these creatures
that naturally share a space is, and that bond to me is such a beautiful thing to witness. As was said in one of my favourite movies
of all time: Life finds a way. Thank you for finding your way to this video
and channel, guys! I hope to see you again next week. It’s ant love forever! AC Family, did you enjoy today’s episode? Man, I love the new Hacienda Del Dorado and
it’s now one of my favourite paludariums of all time, cue Kanye West interruption! Guys, also please hit the SUBSCRIBE button
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ants with me! It’s truly such an educational and fulfilling
experience! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you’d like to see what creature I discovered in our Nucleus when I placed
some clippings inside! You may be quite shocked just as I was so
go check it out! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What helps a Gooty Tarantula stick to glass? Congratulations to BrunoVentura22 who correctly
answered: The setules, microscopic hairs in the paw
tuffs. Congratulations Bruno, you just won a free
e-book handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is your favourite thing about the new
Hacienda Del Dorado’s design? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
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My New BULLET ANT Colony

My New BULLET ANT Colony


On this channel, sometimes we lose ant colonies. Death is a sad reality of life and the hobby. But sometimes, we get lucky, and one of our
lost ant kingdoms comes back to life. I have some great news, AC Family. One of our ant colonies is back, having returned
from the dead, and this time, I have a plan to make sure they stay with us forever. An Asian bullet ant worker, emerges from the
nest to smell the morning air, like she does every morning. But this morning was a little bit different. They had woken up to their new home, with
us. A few of her sisters also seem pretty curious
at the new world beyond their nest, and what a world it is! AC Family, you guys will get to see what we
created for this new colony of Asian Bullet ants in a bit, but first. There’s a commotion at the foot of the ant
hill. One of the colony’s early risers had found
a huge piece of superworm. Alright! She moves down to help her out. Together they lug the massive superworm up
their great ant hill cliff, but being intelligent ants, one of the ants decided to scope out
the best route up the hill in advance. Oops! Looks like this hill isn’t as sturdy as they’d
thought. After all, they had just built this ant hill
fortress overnight and the grains of dirt still needed time to set. I can’t even begin to describe just how happy
I am that we have these incredible ants back again, and I’m sure all of you long time AC
Family here are feeling the nostalgia, too! But if you’re new to the channel, these are
Asian Bullet Ants, Diacamma rugosum and you’ll get to see just how awesome they
are in this episode, as well as some pretty amazing things I managed to catch on camera! But to fill you newcomers in, earlier this
year, our star colony of Asian Bullet ants, we called the Black Panthers, had sadly died
out due to natural causes which I will get in to in a sec, but I’m pleased to say, I
managed to obtain another colony of these incredible beasts, and this time, I’ve come
up with an interesting way that theoretically should ensure history doesn’t repeat itself,
a plan to ensure this Asian Bullet ant colony lives forever! OK, so in order to better understand things,
you guys gotta take a look at how unique Asian Bullet ants are. These ants live a curious life. They belong to a few of about 1% of ants that
run on what’s called a gamergate system. And, this is how it works. In typical ant colonies, a single queen who
was born a queen with wings, mates with males, who also have wings, during what’s called
a nuptial flight, which happens about once a year during their breeding season. After mating, she would then lay out a tonne
of eggs, which turn our to become worker ants which care for her and the colony, as she
continues to lay more and more eggs for up to 30 yrs. But the moment the queen dies, the colony
inevitably dies out, too, because each worker only lives for a few months and once the queen,
the main egg-layer is gone, there’s no other ant that can lay eggs to continue the next
generation of workers. They can’t invent a new egg-laying queen. But these Asian Bullet ants however, don’t
follow this life cycle system! Get this! They run on a gamergate system which is 100%
queenless! Yes, every single member of the Asian Bullet
ant colony are worker ants, and one of these worker ants, the most dominant one, takes
on the role of egg-layer in the colony. This special worker is called a gamergate. She looks totally identical to the other workers,
but the only thing is, only she is allowed to mate with males and lay all the eggs. I’ve tried to locate gamergates in the past,
but it’s really hard. I try to look for a swollen gaster or ant
butt, but I’ve never found her. But anyways, the advantage of this gamergate
or queen-less system, is that once this gamergate dies, a new gamergate, the most dominant one,
will take on this much-coveted position. I made an episode about the unique and amazing
life of Asian bullet ants and their gamergate system when I first introduced them to the
channel, which you might want to check out after watching this video. But now, as per how I believe our former Black
Panthers died out suddenly earlier this year, going from super well to disappearing into
extinction. My suspicion is that the gamergate had died,
and a new gamergate had assumed her throne, but the only thing she needed, was an unrelated
male ant to mate with. There were male ants present in the colony,
but they were all her brothers, so I suppose they weren’t for Game of Thrones Style inbreeding. I feel in Asian Bullet ant society, much like
a pride of lions, males leave their birth colony and wander off to seek out an unrelated
colony with a gamergate in need of mating, and that’s how new gamergates become official
egg-layers. And again once this gamergate dies, the cycle
continues over and over again. Oh and by the way, I forgot to mention that
these unfertilized gamergates awaiting for males to mate with them, can still lay eggs. But these unfertilized eggs grow up to be
males only. Weird, I know. Ant genetics! Gamergates absolutely need to mate with a
male ant in order to produce female workers. Alright, so now that you understand the life
cycle of Asian Bullet ants, AC Family, I have to share with you my epic plan to make sure
that these ants continually keep perpetuating. We are lucky to have a second chance at keeping
Asian Bullet ants, and this time, I’m determined to keep them alive and going on forever. AC Family, presenting to you the Black Panthers
2.0 Two containers, you ask? Yes, you’re right. What we have here are not one, but two Asian
bullet ant colonies. Collected from two different areas, so we
know for sure they’re unrelated. Let’s call them Colony A and Colony B for
now, but if you have better name suggestions for these two camps, let me know in the comments. So as for the basic premise of my plans, we
could essentially attempt something similar to cross-pollination. Theoretically speaking, we could technically
take males from one colony and allow them to travel to the other colony to mate with
any gamergate needing fertilization, and vice versa. Both colonies could technically keep each
other going, hopefully forever. But AC Family, in order for all of this to
work, I needed to create the perfect set up for this biological engineering execution! It’s time to create some new ant worlds! To begin, I will need these materials. AC Family, it’s time to take us back to classic
ant keeping, and after all the complex vivariums we made this year it’s very refreshing for
us to go back to the fun basics! Don’t you think? An AC hybrid Nest 2.0. This, in particular, is the Formica version,
but any version could have worked. This AC Ant Tower Large. These two AC outworlds. These tubing to connect them. Coco fiber, plants, and the nucleus. Now if you’re new to these Hybrid Nests, they
come with a cover to allow the ants to remain in the dark when you’re not watching them. It also has pre-made chambers and tunnels
for the ants to inhabit and use as desired. The bottom has microholes at one section to
allow for hydration of the nest. You can put cotton in this hydration tub here
or any type of hydration medium you want. Lately, I find coco fiber works really well
because it doesn’t mold and it’s water absorbent. This amount is sufficient. And, on goes the nest like so. My hope is they’ll discover the darkness and
moisture of the Hybrid Nest and decide to move the colony in here to be their new nest. By the way, shameless plug, these Hybrid Nests
are available at 20% off on my website AntsCanada.com just for the holidays, so go get yours today. It also comes with a free ant keeping handbook
so you can become an ant keeping pro! Next, is the Ant Tower Large. These two ports will allow the ants to be
connected to other setups but for now I’ve got them blocked up with plugs, so the ants
remain in here to nest. Like the hybrid nest, this, too, has a hydration
tub at the bottom. This centerpiece here forces the ants to dig
their tunnels and chambers near the glass. But since our Asian Bullet Ants are large
ants, I can remove this outer layer here to give them more space to dig tunnels. Alright so now, let’s prepare this ant tower. Some coco fiber in the hydration ring. Again, you can use sand, sponge, cotton, or
your preference. Then I reattached it to the ant tower. Let’s proceed with these AC Outworlds. They will act as the outer world of the ants. So I wanna decorate them to look more natural. I used silicone caulking to glue this bottom
plate on because it can actually come off in case you wish to stack multiple outworlds. The cover has a double inner lip where you
can put a barrier to keep the ants inside. And if you need access to the nest, you can
easily remove this cover. Also, there’s a feeding chute here. For now, I will apply baby powder as my barrier. The same goes for the other one. Now, before we start decorating, let’s bring
in the Nucleus, the creational furnace which houses epic populations of soil biota and
microorganisms, as well as our manufacturing facility of awesome fertilizer. I got some of the earth and mixed it with
coco fiber. Now we’ve seeded a good soil creature population
and blended in our fertilizer for the plants. I put in a thin layer of the mix into the
outworlds and Ant Tower. Oh, hey, look at me touching these worms. It only proves that you can overcome any phobia
with time and patience. There perfect. Now, these plants are ready to be planted. And after two hours of work, this is what
the Black Panthers’ new epic setup looked like. AC Family, behold! The new double kingdom of our Black Panthers
2.0. Let me show you around. The lands were an entanglement of vines, ground
plants, and stones. Both outworlds needed to be simply decorated
with low soil level, so that the ants wouldn’t end up moving into these soils. We want them to move into the formicaria. The Ant Tower was ready and set for the bullet
ants to inhabit it. I used a stick to start a burrow in the Ant
Tower. Let’s cross our fingers and hope the ants
find it. Right now these two setups which will become
the homes for Colonies A and B are not attached, but I’ll get into how I will attach them later. You see, I can’t allow the two colonies to
mix as they’d go to war, but I had a super cool way to make sure only males could move
to the other colony’s nest. That’s coming up in just a moment, but for
now, it’s time to move the ants into these new homes we created for them. You guys will truly love this! It was just sooo cool! Here we go! Putting on my gloves. These ants aren’t called bullet ants for nothing! They have a painful sting and I’m not about
getting bit tonight! Let’s begin with Colony A. Ready? And into the Ant Tower they go! And there you go. The ants immediately surveyed the land and
began seeking a space for shelter. Some ants were tasked at carrying the brood. And great news: they immediately found the
starting burrow I created for them and began digging into the Ant Tower. Meanwhile, the outworld attached to the Hybrid
Nest was ready to welcome Colony B. There! A swarm of ants immediately roamed around
their new territory. They climbed the vines and plants of their
new home. And, in no time, some courageous ants traveled
the tube and discovered the Hybrid Nest. Yay! It wasn’t long before the ants decided that
yup the Hybrid Nest would be their new home, and check out how cool the ants looked up
close! Whoa! The Asian Bullet ants looked magnificent this
close, and huge! Checking on Colony A in the Ant Tower, the
colony had decided to start moving in the brood into the tunnel. It was officially their new nesting chamber
which they would start expanding outward. It was just so satisfying to see the ants
were loving these new homes we made for them. One thing I noticed though, while analyzing
the close up footage of Colony B, I saw no brood, except for a couple of eggs. There were no larvae or pupae. Could this mean Colony B had newly appointed
a gamergate and she was just starting to lay? Could she have mated already or was she still
awaiting fertilization. No worries though because, I will now show
you the final addition to these setups which will allow males from Colony A to mate with
any existing unfertilized gamergate from Colony B, and vice versa. The next day, I had given both colonies some
chopped up superworm in the morning, which they took home to their colonies (Music only). Colony A had completely transformed the lands,
and overnight had created a vertical ant hill. They piled it all up grain by grain. Let’s peel off this red film and see how the
ants are doing inside. Whoa! Check out the extensive tunnels. Wow! They’re eating! The colony and their larvae are having a feast
today. Let’s have a look at them using red light. Just amazing right, guys?! So cool how with the red light, we can see
them, but the ants still feel like they’re in the dark, seeing as they can’t see red
light. Now peeking into the Hybird Nest of Colony
B. Awesome! They were loving the nest. They certainly have a lot of space to expand
and grow into. They were huddled in groups munching on superworm
pieces. So as for the final touch to my ultimate plan. The whole reason I chose to house these Asian
bullet ants in formicaria, as opposed to huge vivariums, is because I needed to be able
to monitor them. I needed to see when each colony was producing
male ants and once the male ants did arrive, I could then go ahead to do this. Check it out! As you know, our AC outworlds are stackable,
and if I stacked both outworlds but kept the barrier on the lid of the bottom outworlds,
it would be enough to keep workers ants in the bottom outworlds, while allowing male
ants who could fly up passed the barriers into the upper worlds, to use this tube here
which I’ll attach now to form a bridge between the two upper outworlds, and voila. Our bullet ant colonies could live forever. So check out the system: Colony A would produce
males who will have the natural urge to find another colony, it will leave the nest and
smell the pheromones released by Colony B’s gamergate, travel up and through the bridge
tube, enter Colony B’s outworld, enter the Hybrid Nest and mate with the gamergate. Conversely, males from Colony B could do the
same only the opposite way. And that AC Family, should theoretically work
for us to keep both colonies alive forever. Once gamergates die and new gamergates rise
to power, unrelated males could come to the rescue and mate with them. In my mind this should work, but only time
will tell if it does. For now, I’ll keep the colonies disconnected
just in case the pheromones stress out the opposing colonies. Again, we can’t forget the colonies are technically
enemies, even if they need each other to perpetuate. Hey, would Ying and Yang be cool names for
our two Black Panthers? Should we keep the names Black Panthers, or
should we just completely rename them? Also, do you guys think this setup work? Let me know in the comments! If this does work, we can apply this setup
to all ants operating with a gamergate system from here on in, perhaps even revive our Dracula
Ants, the Blood Legion! As always, I’m on a constant quest to provide
my ants with the best lives possible. In my heart, I want nothing more than all
the ants under my care to be the happiest pet ants, providing them all things they need
to live their best lives. I’ve learned that this requires close observation
and study, and at times a bit of experimentation, some trial and error. Over the next few days, I marveled at and
was reminded of how amazing Asian Bullet ants are. I sat and watched them for hours, and it was
actually cool to able to see them like this due to the visibility of the formicaria. You see, the old Black Panthers were housed
in vivariums and though I could peek into a y-tong cement nest they had, every time
I peeked in, the ants would move the colony to darker areas of the nest away from the
glass. But here, the ants were okay with letting
me watch them in plain sight. I also love seeing what the ants do underground. It was great having the Black Panthers back. I learned today, that though deaths are part
of the ant keeping hobby, sometimes death makes it possible for life. I’m happy that these incredible Asian bullet
ants have returned to our Antiverse, leaving a legacy that never dies and lives on forever. AC Family, aren’t you happy the Black Panthers
are back? Should we rename them, though? Let me know. There is still so much ahead in the Antiverse,
and we’ve started uploading two videos a week for the month of December anyway. You don’t want to miss out on all these great
and inspiring stories of nature in our Ant Room, so hit the SUBSCRIBE and bell icon for
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up on all your AntsCanada Lore, click here for our complete story line playlist, so you
can follow all stories and colonies, as well as the various creatures we have in the Antiverse,
so you can better appreciate why we love them all so much! AC Inner Colony, I’ve left a hidden video
for you here, if you’d like to watch the full construction and landscape designing of these
Bullet Ant setups. It was a fun process, and I think those of
you AC Family who actually have any of our AC ant farms or need ideas on how to landscape
your ant farms at home, would truly find it helpful. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: What is your favourite thing about the new
Hacienda Del Dorado design? Congratulations to Jack Hay, who answered: I love the water/marsh part, and how the crabs
can get in and out of the water as they please, living symbiotically with the ants! Congratulations Jack Hay, you just won a free
ebook handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why would it be a bad idea to mix our two
bullet ants colonies together? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free e-book handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday and Wednesday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast

Yellow Crazy Ants and Their Pet Water Beast


Last week, we welcomed a new ant colony to
the channel, some golden-gastered Polyrhachis ants who moved in to El Dragon Island, but
we were shocked to discover the ants were gravely infected by a plague of mites. Together we, the AC family, decided to keep
the ants and go ahead with treating them with lemon therapy. A bold move for us, but a choice I think we
were confident to make because just beside this infected colony quarantined on El Dragon
Island, stands a kingdom of ants who actually managed to overcome and survive a mite plague
in their past, reminding us every day of the power of perseverance and never giving up. Today, we visit the majestic Hacienda Del
Dorado, and check up on how the Golden Empire, our yellow crazy ant supercolony has been
doing, along with their pet water beast/undertaker living in their communal pool, and AC Family,
you will be shocked to see what our water beast looks like today! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! The Hacienda Del Dorado stands tall and mighty
at the heart of the Antiverse, towering high above all other ant kingdoms in the ant room. Admittedly, it is one of my top favourite
ant farms ever created on my ant keeping journey. The Hacienda Del Dorado is a paludarium, which
means it is part terrarium and part aquarium. Peeking into the terrarium portion, the ants
of the Golden Empire are busy going about their various usual tasks peacefully, constructing
nest tunnels, cleaning and upkeeping the territories, and hunting for food. I could watch these ants all day, as they
construct some of the most impressive ant hills in the entire Antiverse. One of the things I love about the Golden
Empire is that they’re stingless. They don’t have stingers and their formic
acid sprays are too weak for me to feel, so I can work around them without having to worry
about pain. Aside from that, I also love their gorgeous
translucent golden colour which sparkles like droplets of honey in the light. It makes for a beautiful sight to behold as
they move about in orchestra. Here is their feeding pit, the location I
place most of their food. And speaking of which, AC Family, it’s feeding
time. Placing in a roach, and the Golden Empire
is happy to accept the day’s feast offering. Take a look at them swarming that roach. That’s some great protein, that will eventually
make its way mouth to mouth to all members of the colony through a process called trophallaxis,
and end up nourishing the eight queens, as well as the colony’s larvae who need the valuable
protein the most. If you look carefully, you’ll see the Golden
Empire’s symbiotic co-inhabitants, a colony of springtails we call the Spring Cleaners,
who live mutualistically with the ants. They feed from the Golden Empire’s leftovers
and molds that grow from their bathroom areas and food scraps. Essentially, they need each other, a perfect
example of symbiotic mutualism, a biological pact of interdependence between members of
the Hacienda Del Dorado. Don’t you just love when two organisms become
allies? It’s also great the Spring Cleaners are around
because I don’t need to worry about spot cleaning so much, except maybe for things like this
huge mango pit. Sorry, ladies. Just cleaning up! But perhaps one of my favourite things about
the Hacienda Del Dorado is the communal pool, you guys called the Golden Springs, a planted
rock face from which a spring feeds a pool of water, within which lives the great water
beast of the Hacienda Del Dorado. If you’re new to the channel, we moved a crayfish
into the Golden Springs to feed on dead ants drowning in this pool. This pool in fact was set in place as a form
of population control for the Golden Empire, because imagine having eight egg-laying queens
and no predators. The Golden Empire’s population needed some
curbing, so this spring pool was perfect as some ants would fall in and drown, so we released
a crayfish into the pool to eat these decaying ant bodies. And AC Family, it turns out this crayfish
recently shed its skin, which means it had grown in size, but when you see just how big
the crayfish is now, you guys will completely trip out! But hmmmm it seems to be rather shy at the
moment, hiding somewhere there in the shadows of its back cave. Let’s add some fish pellets and try to coax
the beast from its darkened aquatic den. Alright, any moment now… Or not… Hmmm… Still shy. Alright maybe if I turn off the spot lights,
it’ll be much more at ease to emerge. Let’s try. OK this water beast is still reluctant to
come out. I know it’s in there staring at us from within
the shadows. Alright, while waiting, AC Family, the time
has come to finally announce this crayfish’s official name! In our last video featuring this water beast,
we ran a poll on the top name suggestions by you the AC Family, and the winning name
was “Empress Sapphire”. Quite a beautiful name, actually, but it turns
out some of you crayfish experts were able to analyze the footage, and determine that
this Empress was actually an Emperor! It was male! What a surprise that was! I had purchased the crayfish as a youngster
and the man who sold it to me had told me that it was a female and that I could mate
it with the white male crayfish you saw it dueling with in that last video. Well, that was my fault for trusting him,
because the two crayfish were both male and two different species! I truly apologize for that video, by the way. Thankfully both crayfish were unharmed in
the end, but from now on, this water beast living in the Golden Springs of the Hacienda
Del Dorado shall be called “Emperor Sapphire”. Alright Emperor Sapphire, please come out
so the AC Family can marvel at how beautiful, I mean handsome and dashing you are. No response. It was then that I noticed there seemed to
be something odd about the rocky spring climb. It looked a bit stagnant. I moved aside the vegetation and roots growing
around the spring, and yup, just as I suspected. Water wasn’t flowing from it. There was a bit of water movement so I knew
there was still a connection to the filter below but the tube from it was definitely
clogged. Moving down to inspect the filter, it looked
like water was reversing out through some holes which were supposed to suck in water. Not good! I needed to locate the clog and remove it,
because currently, without this spring functioning properly, this water was not being filtered. Water entering and leaving the filter, failing
to cascade down past the plants, moss, and algae was not being purified, and dirty, poisonous
waters are bad news for the Golden Empire who drink from the Golden Springs and Emperor
Sapphire who lives in it. So, it was time to put on my gloves and assume
the role of royal plumber! I went in to inspect the filter, and unplugging
it from the Spring tube, I saw that the water was still flowing properly from it, which
only meant the spring tube was clogged up. So, I gathered my highly sophisticated tool,
a piece of wire… and I tried my best to stick it into the hole
from the top of the spring, but no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t
seem to get in through the top. Golden Empire ants were crawling all over
my arms at this point, tickling me, but still quite the disruption. My next attempt was to try to stick the wire
in through the bottom! I pushed the wire as far into the tube as
I could, and surprisingly it went in pretty far, and when I felt I had gone far enough,
I pulled the wire out and with it came all the gunk that had clogged the Golden Springs. Take a look at how much gunk I managed to
pull out. Pretty gross. And after reconnecting the tube to the filter,
voila, the spring was restored. This was awesome! Water once again cascaded down and around
the rocks and moss, and past the roots of the plants, biologically purifying in the
process. The waters could once again be clean enough
for the Golden Empire to drink, and Emperor Sapphire to live comfortably in. And since I was successful as a plumber just
now, I might as well take on the title as Royal Gardener, too. I rearranged some of the vegetation back into
place, and cut back some of the leaves of the philodendron and bird’s nest fern. Now I bet all this work around the Golden
Springs really spooked out Emperor Sapphire. Let’s leave the Hacienda Del Dorado alone
for the night, and revisit in the morning. Man, I just love this kingdom so much. Lights off… By morning, the Hacienda Del Dorado is alive
with the onset of morning sun. The Golden Empire relishes their day’s cockroach
meal in the feeding pit. Still no sign of Emperor Sapphire emerging
for us. He’s quite the recluse isn’t he? We’ll see him eventually! I love how alive the Hacienda Del Dorado is
all the time, workers of the Golden Empire always on the move, constantly changing the
shape and look of the Hacienda Del Dorado. Can you believe these lands once looked like
this? These territories have evolved massively to
become the paludarium extravaganza it is today. If you haven’t followed the Hacienda Del Dorado
story and the epic history of the Golden Empire, it’s truly one of my favourite story lines
on this channel. Feel free to watch the Golden Empire’s entire
journey here after watching this video. It’s full of ant wars, creatures coming and
going, carnivorous plants, mites, and of course, ant pets like Emperor Sapphire. I say Emperor Sapphire is the Golden Empire’s
pet because I do feel the ants keep their crustacean co-Del Doradan somewhat contained
in the Spring Pool. Surprisingly, Emperor Sapphire has made no
attempts to escape or crawl out of the Golden Springs ever, although he techincally could
at any time. I do believe Emperor Sapphire genuinely loves
the Golden Springs, but I am also confident, the Golden Empire has made sure to let their
Emperor Sapphire pet know that he is not to leave his aquatic palace. It looks like over night the waters have improved
due to the plumbing fix, and have trickled down a neat new path along the leaves, creating
surface water disturbance, which was excellent because it increased oxygen in the waters,
a great thing for Emperor Sapphire. Speaking of which, AC Family, no sudden movements. Emperor Sapphire is in our presence. Do you see his antennae? Look at how wide they stretch, from one end
all the way to the other! Isn’t that amazing? Alright, let’s try again to coax him out of
hiding. Adding some fish pellets, and oh, here he
comes! AC Family, look at him. Oh, he didn’t come all the way out, and I
don’t think we could appreciate his size from what we just saw, but let’s hope comes out
a bit more later. It really amazes me observing Emperor Sapphire
living within the Golden Springs, as he will randomly decide to show himself, or body parts. I know he has great vision and waits for me
to leave the Ant Room before emerging to do his thing, and the few times he did emerge
in my presence, my camera was not on or nearby, or I was too slow to capture his brief appearances. I even tried different tactics to get him
to come out entirely for the camera, like bribing with lettuce. It worked, sorta. Emperor Sapphire is no dummy. He grabbed the goods and retreated into the
darkness of his cave. I even tried placing in a superworm treat,
but that seemingly disappeared when I blinked. Emperor Sapphire is smart, fast, and elusive. I actually don’t mind this and I want him
to know that I respect his need for space and privacy at all times. I do feel he trusts me, and so I would never
go in and force him out of hiding. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about all
this nature videography, it just takes a little patience. While waiting, I was often distracted by the
Golden Empire traveling through their various established trails and pathways around the
Golden Springs. AC Family, have a look. I loved how proficient these ants were around
water. They had regularly traveled wooden bridges,
plant roads, and Great Wall Highways all around and through the Golden Springs, and despite
all this slippery terrain and fast-flowing water all around, most ants generally did
not slip in. And AC Family, take a look at this! I also loved watching the ants drink from
the Golden Springs. Because of the Golden Empire’s semi-translucency,
you could see which ants were carrying water in their social stomachs to deliver to the
rest of the colony underground. These workers were like living water servants,
collecting water from their communal pool and distributing it throughout the kingdom. Isn’t it amazing how ants are essentially
like a real human kingdom? And AC Family, here we go finally! Have a look at the face of the kingdom’s giant
pet water beast. Emperor Sapphire has finally agreed to come
out and say hello! Look how big he is! And look at that gorgeous blue colour! His claws were adorned with ruby-coloured
hair and he was emerging to pick at stuff from the filter. Isn’t he just so adorable?… I mean, ok manly, and emperor-ish! Awww… I think I offended him. Having the Hacienda Del Dorado and all its
inhabitants has truly been an incredible journey. The Golden Empire, though perhaps not the
most popular colony on this channel, perhaps because they get overshadowed by some of their
more aggressive counterparts, has still stood the test of time. They’ve persevered and problem-solved and
have learned to establish a great balance with the inhabitants sharing their territories. It’s a feeling that most ant keepers who’ve
had ant colonies that have survived with them for many years can attest to, but perhaps
can’t quite explain. In ant keeping, I do feel like I grow with
my ant colonies that have been with me the longest. I wonder if you guys who have been following
this channel for awhile feel it, too? Don’t you guys feel the Golden Empire has
become family, much like we were accepted by them into their fold, to walk among them
in their territories, to watch and be part of their every day lives and challenges, and
even care for their village pet. Well, that’s how I feel, and don’t at all
feel like I am their master. I feel more like they let us in, and I am
grateful to have been able to experience the Hacienda Del Dorado with you guys again today,
and hopefully for more Golden days to come. Long live the Golden Empire and the Hacienda
Del Dorado. It’s ant love forever. Shhh… here he comes… Oh, Emperor Sapphire… I am not worthy of your might and strength! I cowar before your powerful crayfishlyness! I think I offended him. Alright, AC Family, did you enjoy today’s
walk through the Hacienda Del Dorado? The Golden Empire is truly one of my favourite
ant colonies ever and the Hacienda Del Dorado, simply a joy to watch and care for. But there is so much more news coming up with
my other ant colonies and even non-ants, wink-wink, so be sure to hit that SUBSCRIBE button and
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including now. AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would just like to watch some extended play footage of the Golden Empire
in the Hacienda Del Dorado. Before we continue with AC Question of the
Week, I would like to plug my new daily vlogging channel, daily vlogs of my travels around
the world, which often includes a lot of nature stuff. Please feel free to subscribe when you’re
there! And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
Week! Last week we asked: Why do we hope these
mites are phoretic mites? Congratulations to Keri White who correctly
answered: Because phoretic mites
do not suck insect blood. Congratulations Keri, you just won a free
ebook handbook from our shop. In this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: Why was unclogging the
spring pool in the Golden Springs an important thing to do? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could also win a free ebook handbook from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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OH NO! MY ANTS ARE GONE!

OH NO! MY ANTS ARE GONE!


Welcome, AC Family to Ant Bite Wednesday,
covering the world of ants as they relate to social media, global news, and ant keeping! OMG guys, I have an important update on the
Black Dragons, aka our young Polyrhachis colony on El Dragon Island. Don’t panic, but apparently, they’ve disappeared! If you’re new to the channel, my very first
paludarium called El Dragon Island was designed to house some Polyrhachis ants, who naturally
build nests in leaves. The colony was still young, and were under
siege by some wild pharaoh ants, that tried to swim across the moat to get onto the island,
but we added some Rasbora fish into the waters to eat the pharaoh ant trespassers, whom we
suspect killed our Titans last year. Anyway, over time, everything was going as
planned. The ants made a nest in the dragon skull adorning
the eastern rock plateau and workers emerged once or twice a week to feed. But a few weeks ago, they seemed to have skipped
feedings and weren’t seen foraging anymore. I assumed their last meal had been bigger
than usual so they had lots stored in their crops. Their nest was still there in the dragon’s
skull so I assumed all was well. But now three weeks have passed. I am currently away in the Caribbean Islands
exploring ants, but I have an app which helps me see the ant room in real time from my mobile
whenever I want, and also communicate directly with my house keeper who cares for all the
ants in the Ant Room while I am away on these exploration trips. This time, she told me that she tried to check
the skull because she hadn’t seen the Black Dragons for so long, and was shocked to discover
the skull was empty! I am completely flabbergasted by the Black
Dragons’ disappearance. My house keeper has tried to look everywhere
but doesn’t see them in any of the leaves nor drowned in the water. I won’t be able to check up on El Dragon nor
the Black Dragons until I get back home two weeks from now. When I do, I will surely update you all on
what has happened, but I am trying my best not to panic just yet. In all my years of ant keeping, I’ve come
to learn that ants, being such small creatures, can find and get to places that we humans
as giants cannot see nor access. Let’s hope they made a nest in the soil or
in a hidden spot of the leaves somewhere. There is still hope for the Black Dragons. Sorry that this week’s ANT BITE WEDNESDAY
comes bearing shocking news, but I had to let you, the AC Family know ASAP what has
happened! Do stay tuned for the update! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Click here to follow the entire El Dragon
Story.