Life of Ants – Part 1 (How Ant Colonies Are Made)


The Life of Ants – Part 1 In cold areas, like winter in the United States, ground can be frozen for several months. It can be a tough location for some animals to live, like ants. But still, you could see some hills still erected and intact. Under the mound, there’s a space protected from the cool weather, where ants sleep. There are lots of passageways and chambers. Ants do hibernate, especially during winter. You would be surprised to know this. There are 12,000 species of ants across the globe and these insects can bring things 20 times heavier that its own body weight. When the temperature increases, these little creatures come up and dwell the standpoint. If you’ve seen a bullet ant, it’s 1.2 inches in length, making it the biggest ant species ever listed. Changes in the weather stimulate ants. And, when it’s hot out there, they come to life. In the forest, some of the ant hills are self-reliant colonies; while others are connected to a wide super colony. The ants are amazing because they can survive the cold season. They have a fascinating central warming method. How is that? The decomposing vegetation that they collected prevents them from chilling inside their nest. Here’s another concept that will marvel you. During daytime, when sun is present and it’s not cloudy. You would see numerous ants roaming around their hills back and forth. You wouldn’t notice but there’s alternation going on there. Some ants from below the surface comes up and those that are on the ground with warm body already goes inside their nest. By this method, the ant with warm body helps in heating their nest. What a brilliant idea, isn’t it? That’s what you call “cooperation”. Interestingly, the ultraviolet rays of the sun protects their body from fungi or illness. What’s indeed exceptional is that there’s a queen inside the hill. Her body is double the size among the other ants. As a queen, she’s the integral member of colony that they are protecting. In an ant colony, typically only one queen can be spotted. But, there would be some instances wherein there could be multiple queens. Each queen will produce eggs that will become the next stage of breeding ants. The only kind of ants that have wings are the males and the queens. Their wings are dedicated to help them perform an essential activity. And, it happens during mating season. On a side note, the worker ants pile up as much food as they can. During the winter, the ants stay inside the hill because the surface is covered by snow. After cold months, the Spring approaches. This season is when you’ll see the surroundings begin showing their wonderful colors. Also, during this period, the ant eggs have hatched already from six weeks of waiting. Typically, when an ant bites you, your skin gets irritated, swell and turns red. It because of the formic acid. Some ants can emit formic acid. It comes out from the tip of their abdomen. When the acid penetrates the shell of an ant it dissolves the surface, leaving the inside exposed to contaminants around. The outer layer of an ant is called exoskeleton. Stay away from ants that can squirt formic acid because when the substance reaches your eye, you will dislike and won’t forget the experience. Do you know that ants quarrel with ants of other colonies? They can detect rival ants from another family by smelling them. Once found out, they will fight with each other and defend their territory. Usually, when one detected a rival ant, it goes back to its territory to call the other ants for a defense. When an ant started emitting formic acid, the rest of the gang smells the substance and they do the same. This usually happens when you disturb their territory. When a group of ants overpowered their rival, they collaborate to end the life of their opponent. When the victim is no longer breathing, they carry the body inside their nest. It has been known that ants eat their own kind. In fact, most types of insects. Actually, if you are in the middle of ant war, you could smell the acid. Interestingly, ant war lasts for more than one week. Do you know aphids? These are tiny bugs and live in colonies as well. Reproducing rapidly, they feed the sap by sucking the plant. Moreover, ants don’t harm nor eat them. Why is that? Aphids are beneficial for ants. Instead of ants eating aphids, ants feast on the honeydew that aphids excrete. The abdomen of an ant is like a sack. They fill it with food they can find around. When their abdomen is already full, they go back to their nest and support the colony for their needs. Speaking of honeydew, it’s vital for ants. Why? According to experts, this substance can help ants to rise heat in their body. Here’s another interesting fact. When you get the chance to see what’s inside of some ant hills, you will discover that it has presence of resin bits. By the way, resin is something that comes out when you break a branch of a cone-bearing tree. The tree uses this substance to protect and cover its injured part. Experts found out that ants are not eating the resins. Instead, they use it against disease. It becomes an antibacterial once the ants mix it with their acid. They need to do it to protect the ant eggs from fungi. There’s really so many things we can learn from ants. When the eggs of ants hatch, the larvae emerge. When they reach adult stage, they create silk cocoons. They are like butterflies that undergo metamorphosis. Now, let’s talk about the males and queen ants. When they become adult, their wings become developed and they will be able to fly and roam outside. When it’s breeding period, both males and queens fly and gather around to do one thing. That is for the males to mate and fertilize the queen ants. Here’s what happens. Queen ants stay on plants and release a substance, called pheromones, that when the male ant smells, they go crazy and become excited to mate. Sad to say, but, when the activity is done, the male ant dies after few hours due to tiredness. Moreover, after the activity and the queen ants get fertilized, they do their best to remove their wings, since it’s no longer needed for the next chapter of their life. They go back inside the chamber and soon they will lay thousands of eggs that will become future worker, male, and queen ants. Please like and subscribe. Thanks.

My Cockroach Farm

My Cockroach Farm


Greetings, AC Family! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. If you have a fascination for nature, you’re
in the right place. On this channel, we take a look at the amazing
world of ants, and even explore pet ant keeping, as a hobby. But did you know that a big part of keeping
pet ant colonies, for most people, also involves keeping colonies of other insects? Today, for a change, we will turn our attention
from the ant colonies we all love on this channel, and turn our inquiring eyes toward
the colonies of insects our ants depend on for food. This week, we go from ants, to cockroaches! Feeder cockroaches, that is! Cockroaches, though repulsive to many people
throughout the world, are our ants’ favourite protein food source, and are actually quite
fascinating creatures in their own right. Today we take a look at the two species of
feeder roaches that I breed as food to our 4 ant colonies on this channel, and explore
what their cockroach societies are like. They happen to be two of the most popular
feeder cockroaches for ant colonies and other insect-eating exotic pets. You won’t want to miss all of this amazing
cockroach info ahead, so keep watching until the end. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s put away that
bug spray and explore why cockroaches are also some of the coolest of insects, not just
as ant food, in this episode of the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel! And hit the bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Cockroaches, they’re perhaps the most notorious
and hated of all domestic insect pests, even more so than ants. They’re associated with being avid carriers
of germs, disease, bacteria, and more. But you may be surprised to know that cockroaches
which belong to the order called Blattodea, are comprised of about 4,600 species and only
30 of these 4,600 species of cockroaches are human house pests. The rest live out in forests, jungles, and
other habitats away from human homes. The two species of cockroaches that I feed
to my ants, which we will look at today, are examples of such non-pest cockroach species. First, presenting my Dubia Roach colony, scientific
name Blaptica dubia. These large cockroaches grow to about 4 to
4.5 cm in length. Their exoskeletons are strong, and the ants
aren’t able to eat them. You can tell the adult males and females apart
because adult males have huge wings while females have what are called tegmina, which
are small wing stubs. Though the males have fully developed wings
as adults, they rarely ever fly. If dropped from a high altitude they could
use the wings to direct their landing but don’t actually take off like most true flying
insects do. Juveniles, as seen here, have a mottled brown
colour. These roaches love to eat fruits. I offer a variety of different juicy fruits. The cockroaches are able to acquire all the
moisture they need from these juicy fruits. I do my best to offer them a variety, because
as you know, your pets are what their food eats, and any nutrients the cockroaches take
in through their diet, ultimately ends up in the bellies of our ants, so gut-loading
the cockroaches using a varied diet is a must. Now, one of the annoying things, we here in
the tropics need to deal with though, are wild ants mooching off the cockroaches’ food
supplies. If you look carefully you will see wild ghost
ants drinking from this orange slice. Hmmm… And here you’ll find a wild black crazy ant. Perhaps I should try applying baby powder
on the outside of these cockroach enclosures. Check out the pattern and colours of the undersides
of these Dubia roaches! I find they’re actually quite attractive up
close. I love watching them eat. If you look carefully at their faces, you’ll
notice that their eyes actually wrap around the entire side of their head. This helps them avoid predators. As a lover of all insects, it is always hard
for me to feed these guys to the ants, but I do know the ants do acquire some great protein
from them. I just make sure to crush them swiftly prior
to feeding to lessen their suffering. Some of you who have seen our previous videos
involving feedings may notice that the cockroaches still move despite being pre-crushed and this
is because nervous cells called ganglia run along the center of their body, which is why
even if you completely decapitate a roach, they are still capable of movement. I usually feed these adults to the Fire Nation,
as the fire ants are able to benefit from their high meat content, as well as penetrate
their exoskeletons effectively. The Fire Nation can fully consume the meat
of 1 adult Dubia roach in a matter of a few hours. One of the most viewed videos on this channel
involved the Fire Nation consuming an adult female cockroach that gave birth while it
was being devoured. In that video you see the babies being born,
and they’re stark white in colour. Newborn Dubia roaches are white, like these
nymphs here. These must have just been born a few hours
ago. Aren’t they cute? What’s interesting about Dubia roaches is
that they are live bearers. A female Dubia roach will give birth to an
egg sack and then pull this egg sack back inside herself and incubate the eggs until
babies emerge, a process called ovoviviparity. A female can give birth to 20-40 live young
at a time. These young shed their skin 7 times, growing
25% each time before reaching adulthood. This sub-adult here is whitish in colour because
it had just molted. As the exoskeleton hardens, it will darken
to its normal brownish cryptic colour. What’s amazing is these roaches can live up
to 2 yrs! They actually make interesting pets, but I
do my best not to get too attached, because after all, they are our ant colonies’ beef! Guys, should we name them? Leave your suggestions in the comments section! Or would giving them an official name make
them harder to feed to our ants. Haha! Now while these large Dubia roaches here are
live bearing cockroaches, and don’t lay eggs, our next colony of roaches actually do lay
egg sacs. Meet Blatta lateralis, Turkistan Cockroaches,
often called red runners due to their quick speed. In the pet trade, they are simply known as
“lats”. These are a smaller species of cockroach. Adult males have wings, just like the Dubias,
but unlike the Dubias, the males are known to actively fly. The females are wingless and are a gorgeous
crimson brown colour. Females lay an egg sac known as an ootheca. Look at these Oothecae laying here. From these will hatch little tiny cockroach
nymphs. I was lucky enough to catch one female in
the process of birthing an ootheca. Check it out! You can actually see her as she contracts
her abdomen muscles to lay the eggs into the open end of the ootheca. This process of depositing eggs into the ootheca
will continue over several hours and she will continue to carry this ootheca with her for
awhile afterwards, until she zips up the open end and drops it. I find the ootheca to look kind of like a
purse. Soon when the babies are ready to emerge,
the ootheca much like a purse will open up from the top and the baby lats will be born. I feed these lats to the Golden Empire, the
Dark Knights, and our new trap-jaw ant colony, the Jawbreakers. Their exoskeletons are a bit softer and are
easier to get into than the Dubias. So what do you say? What should we name this roach colony? Leave your answer in the comments section! Now the only thing I don’t like about this
species of cockroach is they expel a very pungent and gross defensive odour when alarmed
and at times it can be pretty strong. I just hold my breath every time I have to
reach into their enclosure to feed them to our ants. As far as housing goes for both species, I
keep them in a plastic bin full of egg cartons and toilet paper rolls. The environments must be kept relatively dry
to keep mold from growing. I feed them a mix of veggies and fruit and
also offer them dog kibble. Their enclosures must be kept clean at all
times because they can get messy especially when the droppings collect. I feel cockroaches are pretty fantastic creatures
and the more you get to know them, the less disgusting they seem, and the more fascinating
they become. Some people keep these, as well as other cockroach
species as pets. So what do you think? Do you think keeping cockroaches are as cool
as keeping pet ants? If you decide to keep pet ants, perhaps you
might consider feeder roaches, too, as an alternative to crickets, mealworms, and superworms? They also happen to be more nutritious for
ants than those aforementioned. Hope you enjoyed this week’s video AC Family! It’s ant love, and just for this week, roach
love forever! AC Family, were you grossed out or did you
find these cockroaches to be cool? For you AC Inner Colony members, I’ve placed
a hidden cookie for you here, if you would just like to watch the cockroaches in this
video doing their thing with less narration. And now it’s time for the AC Question of the
week. In last week’s AC Question of the Week, we
asked: What does “pantropical” mean? Congratulations to Omar Salloum who correctly
answered: pantropical means: distributed throughout
the tropics Congratulations Omar you just won a free ebook
handbook from our shop! For this week’s AC Question of the Week, we
ask: What is the technical term
for a cockroach’s egg sac? Leave your answer in the comments section
and you could win a free ant t-shirt from our shop! Hope you can subscribe to the channel, give
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Life of Ants – Part 1


The Life of Ants – Part 1 In cold areas, like winter in the United States, ground can be frozen for several months. It can be a tough location for some animals to live, like ants. But still, you could see some hills still erected and intact. Under the mound, there’s a space protected from the cool weather, where ants sleep. There are lots of passageways and chambers. Ants do hibernate, especially during winter. You would be surprised to know this. There are 12,000 species of ants across the globe and these insects can bring things 20 times heavier that its own body weight. When the temperature increases, these little creatures come up and dwell the standpoint. If you’ve seen a bullet ant, it’s 1.2 inches in length, making it the biggest ant species ever listed. Changes in the weather stimulate ants. And, when it’s hot out there, they come to life. In the forest, some of the ant hills are self-reliant colonies; while others are connected to a wide super colony. The ants are amazing because they can survive the cold season. They have a fascinating central warming method. How is that? The decomposing vegetation that they collected prevents them from chilling inside their nest. Here’s another concept that will marvel you. During daytime, when sun is present and it’s not cloudy. You would see numerous ants roaming around their hills back and forth. You wouldn’t notice but there’s alternation going on there. Some ants from below the surface comes up and those that are on the ground with warm body already goes inside their nest. By this method, the ant with warm body helps in heating their nest. What a brilliant idea, isn’t it? That’s what you call “cooperation”. Interestingly, the ultraviolet rays of the sun protects their body from fungi or illness. What’s indeed exceptional is that there’s a queen inside the hill. Her body is double the size among the other ants. As a queen, she’s the integral member of colony that they are protecting. In an ant colony, typically only one queen can be spotted. But, there would be some instances wherein there could be multiple queens. Each queen will produce eggs that will become the next stage of breeding ants. The only kind of ants that have wings are the males and the queens. Their wings are dedicated to help them perform an essential activity. And, it happens during mating season. On a side note, the worker ants pile up as much food as they can. During the winter, the ants stay inside the hill because the surface is covered by snow. After cold months, the Spring approaches. This season is when you’ll see the surroundings begin showing their wonderful colors. Also, during this period, the ant eggs have hatched already from six weeks of waiting. Typically, when an ant bites you, your skin gets irritated, swell and turns red. It because of the formic acid. Some ants can emit formic acid. It comes out from the tip of their abdomen. When the acid penetrates the shell of an ant it dissolves the surface, leaving the inside exposed to contaminants around. The outer layer of an ant is called exoskeleton. Stay away from ants that can squirt formic acid because when the substance reaches your eye, you will dislike and won’t forget the experience. Do you know that ants quarrel with ants of other colonies? They can detect rival ants from another family by smelling them. Once found out, they will fight with each other and defend their territory. Usually, when one detected a rival ant, it goes back to its territory to call the other ants for a defense. When an ant started emitting formic acid, the rest of the gang smells the substance and they do the same. This usually happens when you disturb their territory. When a group of ants overpowered their rival, they collaborate to end the life of their opponent. When the victim is no longer breathing, they carry the body inside their nest. It has been known that ants eat their own kind. In fact, most types of insects. Actually, if you are in the middle of ant war, you could smell the acid. Interestingly, ant war lasts for more than one week. Do you know aphids? These are tiny bugs and live in colonies as well. Reproducing rapidly, they feed the sap by sucking the plant. Moreover, ants don’t harm nor eat them. Why is that? Aphids are beneficial for ants. Instead of ants eating aphids, ants feast on the honeydew that aphids excrete. The abdomen of an ant is like a sack. They fill it with food they can find around. When their abdomen is already full, they go back to their nest and support the colony for their needs. Speaking of honeydew, it’s vital for ants. Why? According to experts, this substance can help ants to rise heat in their body. Here’s another interesting fact. When you get the chance to see what’s inside of some ant hills, you will discover that it has presence of resin bits. By the way, resin is something that comes out when you break a branch of a cone-bearing tree. The tree uses this substance to protect and cover its injured part. Experts found out that ants are not eating the resins. Instead, they use it against disease. It becomes an antibacterial once the ants mix it with their acid. They need to do it to protect the ant eggs from fungi. There’s really so many things we can learn from ants. When the eggs of ants hatch, the larvae emerge. When they reach adult stage, they create silk cocoons. They are like butterflies that undergo metamorphosis. Now, let’s talk about the males and queen ants. When they become adult, their wings become developed and they will be able to fly and roam outside. When it’s breeding period, both males and queens fly and gather around to do one thing. That is for the males to mate and fertilize the queen ants. Here’s what happens. Queen ants stay on plants and release a substance, called pheromones, that when the male ant smells, they go crazy and become excited to mate. Sad to say, but, when the activity is done, the male ant dies after few hours due to tiredness. Moreover, after the activity and the queen ants get fertilized, they do their best to remove their wings, since it’s no longer needed for the next chapter of their life. They go back inside the chamber and soon they will lay thousands of eggs that will become future worker, male, and queen ants. Please like and subscribe. Thanks.

FULL ANT & PET TOUR | Millions of Ants, Tarantulas, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Terrariums

FULL ANT & PET TOUR | Millions of Ants, Tarantulas, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Terrariums


Greetings, ant lovers, and happy new year
and new decade 2020! The whole world is starting a fresh new page,
and indeed so is our great collection of ants, creatures, and vivarium kingdoms we’ve all
come to love on this channel. So to start off the year right, I asked if
you guys wanted a full pet and Ant Room tour so that all you watching whether you be a
returning AC Family, or a newcomer could be caught up on all the awesome, beautiful, frightening,
and bizarre creatures living with me under my care. It’s also an update video on all of your
favourite ant colonies that you might not have heard from in awhile, as well as arachnids,
reptiles, amphibians, and birds that have appeared on the channel before, and just a
spoiler, there are even several creatures you guys don’t know about yet! There are also some ant colonies that sadly
are no longer with us, and issues with some that I need to talk to you about! We’ve got a lot of work to do today, and
this episode is full of surprises, familiar faces, and all the nature you guys love in
our usual 4K UHD footage, so grab some popcorn, sit back, and let’s get started with our
exclusive 2020 AC tour of the animals and biological worlds of our Antiverse, here on
the AntsCanada ant channel! Please SUBSCRIBE to the channel and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! Starting from the extreme left of the Ant
Room, we begin our tour with one of the coolest of ant worlds, I’ve ever created for one
of the oldest ant colonies on the channel. Behold the kingdom of the Dark Knights, our
OG super colony of black crazy ants. So for those of you who haven’t seen the
Dark Knight’s new terrarium here yet, it’s a multi-species terrarium with millipedes,
spiders, bagworms, and other creatures inside that all depend on each other. The Dark Knights love this vivarium and have
set up their nest within this driftwood hollow. This colony which I’ve owned for about 4
yrs now is unique in that it can self perpetuate pretty much forever, with the colony creating
hundreds of queens which can mate with their male siblings safely without the dangers of
genetic inbreeding happening. They’re an awesome colony that I look forward
to keeping for decades and decades to come! By the way, you guys officially voted and
named this kingdom of the Dark Knights the Dark Forest. Now speaking of multiple queens, we move on
now to the grand palace known as Olympus, home to the Titans, my multi-queen colony
of Asian Marauder ants. These ants are definitely one of my favourites
due to the size of their supermajors which are just massive! The Titans are doing well and have since changed
the landscape and killed off a few plants during renovations. They come to the surface is huge numbers to
feed. I’m thinking of possibly rehoming these
powerful ants into something larger soon. Now let’s move on to one of the newest members
of the Antiverse whom some of you may or may have not seen in a recent video. Welcome to Cerulean Hallow, home of our new
Sapphire Gooty Tarantula. She’s loving her new home and we’ll have
a look at her in a second. The plants within her territories are thriving
well, but she’s killed the ones on the wall. I can tell she’s been busy because she’s
webbed up the entire entrance of her hallow. From the back, we see her there crawled up
snuggly at the bottom. By the way, guys, she needs an official name
so grab your voting fingers and click on this icard here to vote for her official name. Thank you AC Council for your input! Next is a creature I’ve owned for about
2 yrs now but haven’t told you guys about. Sorry, but I was waiting for just the right
time! AC Family, meet my young Mexican Fireleg Tarantula,
known scientifically as Brachypelma boehmei. She’s actually been in the background of
many episodes on this channel and I’m surprised you guys never asked about her. She’s 3 inches long and has a huge appetite! Let’s feed her this superworm now, shall
we? There you go! She’ll grow to a hefty 6+ inches. Though she’s been a silent resident of the
Ant Room for years, she still doesn’t have a name, as well. What should we name her? Leave your name suggestions in the comments. And now moving on to what is arguably the
most famous ant colony on this channel, the Fire Nation, my savage colony of fire ants. I can easily say these stinging aggressive
ants have been the most challenging and fulfilling ants I’ve ever kept through the years. This paludarium created to simulate the Amazon
is called La Selva de Fuego and is full of thick tropical foliage and a river which is
home to a colony of cherry shrimp, snails, mosquito rasbora fish, and even vampire crabs. Mosses have started to grow and attach in
several places! Somewhere beneath all the vegetation the Fire
Nation lives. Today, they dine on sweet jelly and this dead
giant Madagascar hissing cockroach. Now this dead roach came from my new Madagascar
Hissing cockroach colony, yes, yet another colony of critters I haven’t yet shown you
guys on the channel. I’ve owned this roach colony for the past
couple of months now and they’re housed in this simple plastic critter crawler, where
they eat a variety of veggies and fruits. These giant roaches are not to be confused
with my Dubia roaches, which I’ve been using as feeders for years. These roaches don’t have wings, not even
the males. I plan on making them a naturalistic setup
just like Roachella, but perhaps a bit more lavish seeing as I plan on keeping these roaches
more as pets, and perhaps only feed dead members off. Would you guys like to see a video on these
neat hissing cockroaches soon? Next, a couple weeks ago we made this Ant
Terrarium in a Bottle, and as expected the ants have remodeled our masterpiece to make
it fit for an ant colony. The Trap-jaw ants inside are doing super well
and I just love them! This terrarium was the product of a challenge
collab with another Youtuber friend Serpadesign that we decided to do for charity. You guys won’t believe how much the top
bidder donated for this terrarium, and just a hint, it’s about the cost of a car! AC Family, you guys are so generous and make
me proud to have such an amazing caring community! Anyway, watch that video here! Now here’s another thing I haven’t shown
you guys! This is my bog terrarium full of living mosses,
a native tree lichen, vein plants, and Hydrocotyle tripartita plants. This is basically just a plant propagation
tank for my moss, lichen, tripartita, and vein plants. Nothing inside, just plants. I love watching the fogging machine keep the
territories damp. Beside the bog terrarium we have another newcomer,
our massive but docile Chaco golden-knee tarantula. This beautiful tarantula here was a gift exchange
collab with another youtuber friend Exoticslair. She’s been quite busy covering her whole
territory with silk. I can understand why they make such great
beginner tarantula species. She loves being outside in the open and is
pretty friendly. By the way, she too needs a name! Please vote here! Moving on to yet another tarantula, we have
the goddess of the Antiverse, Azula, our Green-bottle Blue tarantula. She’s covered her entire palace now with
a thick blanket of silk where she resides in a back tunnel. When she first came to us sadly, she had a
problem shedding her top carapace giving her a double face look. It eventually fell off, but guys, unfortunately,
it happened again. During her last shed, she failed to shed off
this head piece, but I’m not worried. Like last time, it will likely fall off on
its own. Now moving on to Skull Island, home of our
ghost ants which we acquired for our recent Halloween episode. They come out to feed and boy are there a
lot of them! The ghost ants are trapped on their driftwood
skull island by a moat which contains a snail and shrimp. The tank has been cycling now for many weeks
and is ready to accommodate a water beast. You guys voted for a betta fish to be added
here, so that’s coming up soon! There were also baby tarantulas on the island
which I’m sure are still there somewhere. I just haven’t seen them. Let’s now look at one of the most beloved
ant supercolonies of the channel, the OG Golden Empire, our recovering supercolony of yellow
crazy ants. Now let me be the bearer of the best news
for the year! The Golden Empire is thriving and just exploding
in population now. In case you’re new, they’re actually recovering
from a near fatal infection of blood sucking mites, but I’m happy to announce that there
has been an explosion of eggs, larvae, and pupae. I expect this colony will reach the millions
in numbers they once were in just a few more months. I’ve been thinking though, do you think
we should continue to keep them in an ant farm setup like this so we can still see their
in-nest activities or move them to a terrarium and just watch them above ground? Let me know in this icard here. I like that I can monitor them in their current
setup and they seem to love their formicariums. Speaking of formicariums, we now move on to
my recently returned Asian Bullet Ants. I’ve got two colonies of these, Team 1 which
is doing amazing in their AC Hybrid Nest. As you can see there is a tonne of brood and
a crew of new workers. And check this out! I’ve never seen this species do this before,
but the workers have covered this larvae with soil debris to help give it a lattice work
to spin its silk for the creation of its cocoon. When it’s done, the ants will remove the
soil debris, revealing the finished smooth dark cocoon, like these others here. I had no idea these ants did this! And here you’ll see Team 2, living in their
AC Ant Tower. By the way, about these colonies, I think
I failed to explain in their last video how my plan to keep these ants going would work. The plan was to have these two ant colonies
cross breed so they can continue living on forever, but a lot of you guys brought up
the fact that after a couple generations the colonies would be related and there would
be no more mating. My issue, which I failed to explain properly,
was not so much that the males were unwilling to mate with related females, but that they
were unwilling to mate with females from the same colony, with the same colony scent. That is why I decided a cross-over setup,
where males could cross over to the other side to mate, might actually work at getting
males to mate with females, so long as the colonies stay distinct colonies. Hope that clarifies things better and yes,
a lot of you were correct in saying they would be genetically related after the next generation,
but I think that should be fine, as long as after awhile I add a third colony in the mix
to diversify the genepool. Man, three asian bullet ant colonies? That will be something. Now we move on to the great Hacienda Del Dorado,
which was recently remade into a pineapple beach paludarium. It’s home to our resident trap-jaw ants
named the Jawbreakers and vampire crabs, which hang out in the marsh area. The trap-jaw ants are shy but come out to
feed. I suspect they are mostly nesting here by
the moist marsh. The waters still contain its perpetuating
colony of cherry shrimp, microrasbora fish, and snails. Nearing the end of the Ant Room now, we have
the Triple Island of Avista, the glassless open-concept ant setup of the Bobbleheads,
our super colony of big-headed ants. I love this cute colony! The Bobbleheads are still going strong with
a great appetite, as you can see here where they dine on some chopped up superworm. Check out those supermajors! The plants of the three islands that make
up their archipelago are also growing well! Finally, we come to the Canopy of Vortexia,
the tree top kingdom of my epic, arboreal colony of Asian Weaver Ants we call the Emerald
Empire. These ants of course create their famous hanging
leaf nests which they glue together using silk from their larvae. The Emerald Empire is doing really well, eating
a lot, and they recently built some new leaf nests. The Dubia roaches sharing their territories
are also doing quite well and reproducing on their own, and the weaver ants hunt the
weakest roaches and carry them up to their leaf nests to consume, like they would in
the wild. And guys look! I noticed this week that they’ve begun to
produce male alates. They’re preparing for nuptial flight season! Now you wanna hear something super cool that
I recently discovered? I was surprised to notice an active and thriving
colony of ants living on the forest floor of Vortexia. No, they weren’t pharaoh ants, thank goodness. Now I couldn’t figure out where they came
from, but then after looking closer at the ants, I realized, Hey, these ants are familiar! So guys, remember the colony of free-roaming
ants that lived within the hydration chambers of one of my Hybrid Nests? Well, last I reported they had disappeared
one day. I highly suspect that these ants here are
them! Tracing back I believe the free-roam ants,
moved from their Hybrid Nest hydration chamber, down into my old termite tank, and then when
my termites were murdered off by a terrible invasion of pharaoh ants (and yes, in case
you were asking about the termites, I cover the death of our Terminators in a previous
video), I packed up the soil from the termite tank for future use, eventually using it for
Vortexia, and low and behold, they’re Vortexians now. I suppose they eating the scraps left behind
by the weaver ants and dead roaches. It’s cool that they are like the bottom feeders
of the territories and don’t really bother the weaver ants so much. Amazing right? OK and that concludes the Ant Room, so let’s
move downstairs now… Yup, there’s more! I swear I’m not a hoarder, right? Here of course is my tropical, planted, freshwater
community fish tank. It’s about 5 yrs old now. It contains angelfish, dwarf rainbowfish,
rummynose tetras, Otocinclus catfish, and others. The vegetation is quite lush and I don’t really
do much maintenance on plant grooming. I kind of like the chaotic, wild growth look. I often harvest this big mass of java moss
here attached to this driftwood for my terrariums. Now here’s a couple a lot of you guys have
been asking about: my pair of axolotls living in Axolotland. I’m happy to report, they’re bigger, fatter,
and doing great! I have been hoping they would breed but it
hasn’t happened yet. I also plan on moving them to a larger tank
very soon. They’ve been such problem-free pets! Last week, of course, we saw Carnivora, my
awesome Carnivorous Plant Tank containing pitcher plants, venus fly traps, and some
moss. But it is now undergoing a hibernation period
until March or April. Beside it is Jabba the Hutt, our cute and
fat Surinam Horned Frog. He’s still a bright green colour and eats
a lot! I love how he will croak randomly when he
hears my voice nearby. I’m also thinking of making him a new terrarium
soon. Here’s the Nucleus, which has proven useful
for the creation of new terrariums. It’s my official composter for leftover
fruit peels and organics and breeding chamber for springtails and other soil creatures. I’ve since gotten accustomed to seeing the
earthworms but they still repulse me, but what’s cool is I’ve begun to find populations
of some really neat creatures inside, like these small red critters. I’m not sure what they are. Do you guys know? FInally, we have Ligaya, my dragon aka African
Grey Parrot, a pretty awesome bird, super smart, and can copy messenger sounds now. Haha! Check it out! Also, meet Hope my broiler chicken. So get this: she was supposed to be for a
feeding video for the Fire Nation called Fire Ants vs. dead chick, and my request from the
chicken farmer was to give me a dead chick from his batch so I could feed it to my fire
ants, but there must have been a miscommunication because what arrived at my place was a living,
squeaking chick. Of course, I wasn’t about to kill it so I
kept it and she’s huge now. These types of meat chickens sadly don’t live
long but I’ve been doing some research to try to prolong its lifespan so it can move
in with me on a farm I’m moving to in a year or so. Let’s hope Hope makes it! Here’s Valentino my 5 yr old sorong green
tree python, a stunning snake and super healthy! He is my miracle snake because he came to
me with a severe upper respiratory illness but after medicating him by hand for several
weeks he survived despite the vets saying he had a 10% chance of living. I love him! Finally, here is Crayola, my female veiled
chameleon. She’s about a year old soon and I’ve relocated
her out of my Ant Room and to my balcony where she can get some nice morning sun. She’s much happier here now and appreciates
the breeze and height. And that, AC Family is my complete pet and
ant room tour. Some of you guys may have questions about
what happened to some of the other creatures like the rhino beetles. Well, they sadly passed away of old age as
they don’t live very long. As for the Lumberjacks, my teleporting carpenter
ants, they were doing ok but sadly must have caught an illness somewhere because they stopped
eating and eventually died. For you fans of the Platinum Dragons, I did
my very best to try to grow them in different setups and offer them various diets but they
remained the same size for months. I finally ended up releasing them this week
because I was clearly missing something from their care. Perhaps the species feeds exclusively on the
nectar of a specific type of flower for instance, or must have honeydew from mealybugs. Not sure, but perhaps I’ll try keeping another
species of Polyrhachis again in the future. Unfortunately, die offs and ants that don’t
adapt well to captivity are part of the hobby and though it’s sad, it helps us learn how
to better care for the pets we love. If you’ve been with the channel for awhile,
you know that I always commit 100% to go the extra mile to give my pets more than they
need to live out their best lives. I also have a few people in my life, who help
me with maintenance of all these animals. Without my helpful pet team, I definitely
would not be able to keep all these creatures, and I don’t recommend any of you guys have
this many pets if you don’t have the support for maintenance either. But I think we can all agree that life with
animals, whether tiny or big, is awesome wouldn’t you say?! Do you guys have any pets? Let me know your full pet list in the comments. Now that you guys know all the creatures,
territories, and beasts of my Antiverse, together we are all caught up now and we can start
the channel with a fresh new page! Thank you guys for watching, and be sure to
subscribe to my channel, so you can continue to follow more of the real life stories of
all these inhabitants of our ever-growing Antiverse! It’s Ant Love Forever! Alright, AC Family, once again a HAPPY NEW
YEAR 2020 to you all. After creating this full ant and pet tour
I realized I’m pretty much a zookeeper at this point! But it means a lot to me that you guys love
nature as much as I do and continue to watch my weekly videos. So if you haven’t yet, please do subscribe
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every single time! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
for you here, if you would like to watch some extended play footage of all the creatures
you saw in today’s episode. And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: What type of water do our carnivorous plants
need? Congratulations to The Incarnation of Boredom
who correctly answered: They need distilled or rain water. Congratulations The Incarnation of Boredom,
you just won a free Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: Which was your favourite creature featured
in today’s full pet tour? Leave your answer in the comments section
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What Queen Ants To Look Out For Right Now (May 30th, 2018)

What Queen Ants To Look Out For Right Now (May 30th, 2018)


Welcome, AC Family to ANT BITE WEDNESDAYS,
covering the world of ants as they relate to global news, social media, and ant keeping. I’m here to fill you in on what queen ants
to look out for right now if you’re living in North America. If you’re not from North America, stay tuned
I’ll also let you know how to find out what is flying in your continent. This past weekend, I was shocked to meet so
many of you AC Family in Ontario, Canada at our first AntsCanada meet & greet, hence my
hoarse voice today. The ant love was incredible! You came in with ant shirts, test tubes, and
ant costumes! You even brought in queen ants of your own
and were eager to chat about the happenings of the Antiverse. This opened my eyes as to how many of you
actually are into ant keeping and not just watching videos about ants. So, if this is you and you’re a starting ant
keeper, head outside now in the afternoons and keep your eyes on the ground! Right now is the ultimate season for Camponotus
ants, also known as carpenter ants! When you spot a queen ant, place her into
a proper test tube setup, keep her in the dark, and she should start laying eggs for
you in a few days. So many of you have been tweeting me photos
of queen ants you’ve captured asking for an ID and indeed 95% of them are Camponotus ants. I love Camponotus ants because they are large
so they’re quite easy to observe with the naked eye, polymorphic, meaning they have
super majors after about the hundredth worker point, and they are relatively easy to keep. The one downside of this genus though is that
they are slow-growing. Instead of the four week development from
egg to adult worker, it takes 8 weeks, and the queen takes periodic egg-laying breaks. It usually takes two years before you start
to see impressive numbers, but as is essential to ant keeping, patience is a virtue! Be sure to watch our Camponotus Care tutorial
here, with a more in depth look at the genus and their care. In fact, that is an entire playlist to all
my ant tutorials with a full range of helpful ant keeping tips. For those of you who don’t live in North America,
this video will also show you guys in Europe, Australia, and Asia, what ants may be flying
right now in your area! Depending on your location, there are other
species of ants also commonly flying now in North America other than Camponotus, and I
list them there in that video. Did you manage to catch a queen ant yet? If so, let us know in the comments section
the species and your location, so the rest of us AC Family near you, can keep our eyes
peeled! Especially for those of you in South America
and Africa, as I don’t have much data on nuptial flights in these continents! Just a reminder that we also have a tonne
of ant keeping gear at AntsCanada.com for you guys to check out, including specially
made test tubes for queen ants, and a complete e-book handbook guide on ant keeping. And that is today’s Ant Bite Wednesday. See you guys again for this Saturday’s big
episode featuring some alien colonists! It’s ant love forever! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
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What If ANTS Were BIGGER?


Greetings, AC Family! Welcome to another mid-week episode of the
AntsCanada Ant Channel! On this channel, I’ve had the opportunity
to take some truly stunning high quality footage of ants and other creatures, and I quite frequently
find myself getting lost in their micro worlds, almost forgetting they are so small when seeing
them so big on screen! And it made me wonder, what would happen if
ants were bigger? Say, human-sized? Well, from an ant nerd’s perspective, I
think I have a pretty good idea as to what theoretically might happen, as there could
be a few outcomes, some of which may surprise you, like can you imagine ants giving us body
massages? I’ll explain how this could happen, and
more in a bit, so before we get into that, be sure to hit the SUBSCRIBE button with the
BELL icon set on ALL to join the AC Family, and hit LIKE if you enjoyed this video. No let’s get to it! So, check out this super macro footage of
Asian bullet ants, Diacamma rugosum from a recent video. They’re truly magnificent this close, right? Well, imagine you were their size or they
were our size. The first and most obvious answer is, we’d
all be doomed! If ants were human-sized they’d be strong
enough to lift things the size of entire houses, and take down animals the size of a brontosaurus. They’d definitely be preying on our soft
tender bodies, and something tells me our military forces would have to really up our
social protection against the ant beasts sharing the planet with us. Life would be quite different! We’d be hunted, advanced upon by organized
raids, our houses and buildings broken into, and picked off one by one by swaths of these
beasts, who would sting us to death, spray us with formic acid to death, or just stretch
us out by our limbs and take us back to the colony to be consumed alive by their young. Or this might surprise you: they might not
kill us, but instead form a symbiotic relationship with us, where our coexistence can benefit
both ants and humans. Imagine we humans find a sustainable way to
turn their garbage, feces, or leftover meals into edible human food, so having us around
thereby helps keep their nests clean, much like springtails, isopods, and silverfish
do. And in return they, not only NOT kill us,
but they allow us to live with them in their massive mountain-sized, protected underground
kingdoms. Or perhaps we become their hygienists. Imagine if we could pick off body mites from
hard-to-reach places on the ants, in the same way predatory Hypoaspis mites protect our
Golden Empire, yellow crazy ant colony from parasitic blood-sucking mites. Now here’s something way crazy! Imagine ants found our feces or urine delicious…
highly unlikely due to the composition of our wastes, but imagine you’re something
like a mealybug for a sec, who excretes a bi-product ants just love called “honeydew”,
and upon discovering us, the ants start to protect us 24-7, never leaving us alone, ensuring
we breed and multiply okay, relocating us to better living environments if needed, and
even giving us body massages so we eliminate more often, all because they find our pee
or poop delicious. Mealybugs live the high life right? Yes, perhaps all of these are a stretch, but
one thing’s for sure: when you remove scale, and have a look at these incredible creatures
with a more intimate lens, you’ll discover that ants are truly some of the most magnificent
creatures on the planet, worthy of awe and respect. If you aren’t convinced by now, then just
watch a few more videos on this channel. The world of ants will truly blow your mind! Right, AC Family? Thank you guys for watching! It’s ant love forever! Hope you can subscribe to the channel as we
upload every Saturday and possibly Wednesdays now if you guys keep waiting these mid-week
videos, at 8AM EST. Please remember to LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and
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Making the Ultimate ANT FARM TERRARIUM in a Bottle | Terrarium Challenge feat. Serpadesign

Making the Ultimate ANT FARM TERRARIUM in a Bottle | Terrarium Challenge feat. Serpadesign


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been pretty
obsessed with vivarium-making! Together, we’ve created some pretty gorgeous
set-ups, and each one pushes my terrarium-building skills a little bit harder. This week, I’m set to try something I’ve
never truly done before, and in my mind, I knew it was going to be hard, but I would
soon realize just how hard it would be! AC Family, in today’s video, fellow nature
lover and my favourite terrarium-maker on Youtube, Tanner from the channel Serapdesign
and I engage in the ultimate terrarium-making challenge, and his challenge for me: to create
a terrarium in a bottle, and so I had a cool plan and accepted the challenge to make the
ultimate terrarium in a bottle which would also house a colony of ants. Keep on watching until the very end to see
how I created the ultimate ant terrarium in a bottle, as well as a special announcement
that you guys might like to be a part of once done! Welcome to the AntsCanada Ant Channel. Please subscribe to the channel and hit the
bell icon. Welcome to the AC Family. Enjoy! One of my favourite things to do during my
day is step into my ant room and gaze for hours into the various big, small, multi-species,
and simple homes to our ants and other animals. Building terrariums is something I’ve been
doing since I was just a little kid, and I love surfing Youtube for terrarium-related
videos. That was how I came to meet a friend whose
terrarium videos are just exceptional! AC Family, meet Tanner from the channel SerpaDesign. He’s made some really awesome terrariums
and paludariums which house aquatic and terrestrial creatures. He makes some of the most gorgeous builds
on the platform, in my opinion. So a few weeks ago SerpaDesign and I decided
that we’d have a cool Holidays collab of sorts. We decided we’d embark on the ultimate Terrarium-making
Challenge. The rules were simple. We challenge each other to design a terrarium
with parameters of our choice. And so, here was SerpaDesign’s Terrarium
challenge for me. What’s up, AC Family! Tanner of SerpaDesign
here and my challenge for AntsCanada is to make a terrarium in a bottle with a small
opening. This might seem like an easy task if you’re
used to my builds. However, keep in mind that I have a toolbox
full of utensils that help me work in less than ideal conditions. Plus, I have yet to see AntsCanada make anything
on this small of a scale or in a container like this. All things considered, I think this could
be a real challenge! I’m excited to see how he works through the
build and how inventive he can be. Best of luck! Thanks, SerpaDesign. Interesting choice! At first, in my mind I felt the challenge
was fairly easy. I mean, how hard could sticking a few things
into a bottle really be right? In fact, I figured I’d also up the challenge
and make my terrarium-in-a-bottle suitable for an ant colony to live in it, as well! Little did I know, I was up for one of the
hardest terrarium-builds of my life. Let’s get started. Presenting to you, the glass bottle. It was the only glass bottle I could find
in my area that would make a suitable terrarium, whose dimensions were pre-approved by Serpadesign. It was a sleek bottle, with nice curves and
a beautiful wooden base. I envisioned a lush terrascape inside it,
with some ants frolicking around. My work now was to make the ant terrarium
I saw in my mind come to life in this bottle. I realized the most obvious challenge was
this bottle opening which could barely fit my hand in. I knew this challenge would take some improvisation
and some tool use. Now, here were the other components I’d
be needing for this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle build
This course gravel for drainage, Activated carbon,
Coco fiber, Some soil. This is an organic potting mix. Lava rocks. Fine sand. A moss blend of willow moss, java moss, and
Christmas moss. Some driftwood pieces. This here is a patch of Hydrocortyle tripartita. I have never used it, but they do look beautiful,
kinda like little clover leaves. Working with a small and confined space meant
I needed small plants like these. Here’s some Peperomia plants,
another species of peperomia. Ivy plant. And Nerve plants. There you have it, all the materials we needed
for this build. And now, let’s get down to business Let’s begin! First, I added the gravel. I tried to do it carefully, so the glass wouldn’t
break. I had to use my hands to guide the gravel
in so I had better control. There! We now have a drainage layer, and I’ll explain
how this all works in a bit. Next, I added some activated carbon to ensure
that the water falling into the drainage layer will be free from toxic metals or other harmful
chemicals that might threaten the life living inside the bottle terrarium. So the way this will work is water dripping
down these two layers will eventually upcycle upwards through capillary action and evaporate
from the soil surface, condense on the glass wall and then drip back into the soil, only
to end up passing the carbon and into the gravel drainage layer again. That is how the water cycle in a bottle terrarium
works. Now, to add soil, we bring in the Nucleus. Digging deep to get the most nutrient-rich
cast from our worms. That’s a good amount of earthworms there,
too. Next, I added coco fiber, which is nice and
fluffy and water absorbent. It will provide good aeration to the roots
of the plants to be added later. I also added organic potting soil. Spreading it down and mixing it with the other
soil types here. Notice that I am adding some dimension to
this by building low in the front and high at the back. It will make for great viewing later. I have to admit though, the narrow mouth of
this bottle was already starting to be difficult to work with. I would soon realize that the more I added
things into the bottle, the harder it would become. Just watch! Alright, now it’s time to add the plants. First, I will be adding the Peperomia plant
because they’re the biggest and will be the feature plant. Ah! And here, ladies and gentlemen, was when I
realized how hard it was to manage these small plants inside the bottle with just my fingers. Okay, let me try to use my tweezers. Here’s another one. Oh man! How does SerpaDesign do this? It’s really difficult. Here’s another Peperomia variety. Now, I add some Ivy, just to frame the entire
thing from the sides. Here’s one more to the other side. Also, some vein plants. Now it’s time to add the rocks. I like to use rocks strategically as anchors
of newly planted plants, and I definitely would be needing them here. Adding the lava rocks. Some contortion is needed, I must say. I’ll also be adding the Hydrocortyle tripartita
now and mixed moss. Now, I envisioned creating a cool pathway
running up the hill and into the distance so I wanted to construct my pathway using
some course light-coloured sand, but so it wouldn’t spill everywhere, I decided I’d
use this vacuum nozzle as a funnel. Haha! Improvisation! There you go. It actually worked. To clean up the area, I used a simple paint
brush. I have seen SerpaDesign use a variety of different
brushes in his videos, so I’m gunna do the same. Now adding fine sand to give the pathway a
smooth finish. The sand was wet, so I had to scoop it up
and place it in like this. I decided I would use tweezers for this and
it was honestly like picking up rice with chopsticks! So hard! Patting down the sand area once more. There we go. Brushing it off again. Isn’t it really starting to come together,
guys? It’s looking pretty cool so far, don’t
you think? But wait until we add the ants in a bit. I also added some decorative rocks. Man, talk about a time-consuming process. One thing’s for sure, I realized through
all of this that small terrariums do not necessarily mean less work and effort especially with
a bottle terrarium! This project would have normally taken me
20-30 minutes to build had it been a normal rectangular terrarium. By now, I was clocking in at over 2 hours. Adding some driftwood. More moss to fill up space. Gotta give it a little water,
and after almost 3 hours of work here was the final product of the terrarium challenge. AC Family, behold. Our new bottle terrarium. So, what do you guys think? SerpaDesign? Did I do an okay job? I can safely say, this was easily the most
challenging terrarium build I’ve ever done, considering its size. Alright, but this isn’t done yet. This won’t be an AC terrarium without some
tenants or should I say tenAnts! Hehe ok corny joke. So, I decided the ants that would move into
this bottle terrarium would have to be ants that were a bit larger and were of the kind
that can’t climb glass, for simplicity purposes seeing as I also didn’t want to have to
add a barrier of baby powder or vaseline to the opening, which would be rendered ineffective
once condensation built up anyway. And so, I decided I’d move in a hearty colony
of trap-jaw ants! Let’s move them in. Now the problem was, the ant colony had some
soil so I needed to add them in without wrecking the setup. For that, I decided to use this plastic tube
I had laying around, as a chute to lead the ants inside. And here they are. In they go. And now I just need to wait for them to dig
a burrow downwards and discover their new home on their own. The ants have nowhere else to go but down
seeing as they can’t climb the smooth sides of the tube. A few minutes later, the Trap-Jaw ants were
in, wandering their newly built terrarium. Have a look at them, guys. They looked just awesome in there! They scoured the lands,
climbed the plants and rocks, and started to dig their nest. Also, as a cover, I have this wooden ball
here to seal everything up. This also ensures nothing from the outside
makes their way into this terrestrial ant garden paradise we’ve created. And now for something special regarding this
ant terrarium-in-a-bottle. There’s a final detail to this challenge
that I will share with you now. The trap-jaw ants looked amazing in their
bottle terrarium and completely fit in. I couldn’t stop staring at them going about
their various daily activities. As a house-warming gift, I left them this
superworm here, which they were now happily devouring. What I quickly loved about this terrarium
was it was small and portable, and due to its round shape, allowed me 360 degree viewing. I could turn it around anyway way I wanted
to watch the ants from all angles. I also gave them some sweet jelly. Just look at how their powerful mandibles
cut through it. It’s so therapeutic watching them, wouldn’t
you say? And now for some good news to announce regarding
this ant terrarium in a bottle. SerpaDesign and I agreed that our creations
for this Terrarium-Making Challenge would be put up for auction to any of you guys watching
with 100% proceeds going towards a charity of our choice. In this spirit of giving, we wanted our terrarium-making
challenge to be for charity. So, this is how it will work. If you would like to become the new owner
of this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle, email me with your donation amount at [email protected],
and the highest bidder between now and Christmas can either pick this terrarium up, (as I can’t
possibly ship this in the mail), or if you’re from another country, you could still be the
owner of this terrarium. I’d just take care of it for you, film it
for the channel if you like, and it can become a part of our Ant Room. As the new owner, you could also name the
colony and the terrarium, like “Debrah’s Bottle Ant Garden” or “The John-Jaws”
or whatever you might like. When you send your bid to my email, please
indicate your location. So, Serpadesign decided that all the proceeds
from this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle we made together here, would go to the Aquascape Foundation. Their mission is to create sustainable solutions
for the world-wide water crisis and promote awareness of water as our most precious resource
through environmental, educational, and philanthropic efforts. You can check out the charity at aquascapefoundation.org/
A great cause! And so, there you have it! I was super in love with this ant terrarium-in-a-bottle
and the fact that it was so hard to make, made watching it afterwards so much more satisfying! It also gave me a whole newfound respect to
the amazing work Tanner from Serpadeisgn does. Again, be sure to check out his channel for
great terrarium, paludarium, and vivarium ideas, as well as my ultimate terrarium-building
challenge for him! I was super grateful for this learning experience
and happy we could use our powers for some good. If you guys were to name this terrarium, what
would you guys name it? Let me know in the comments section, and hope
you guys can participate and help out a great cause by sending in a bid. I am hoping to create more of these bottle
ant terrariums in the future, as I have discovered it is a very unique, fun, and portable way
to house ants, too! Do you guys think we should do this again,
perhaps with a smaller bottle opening? Haha! Thank you, AC Family for watching, happy holidays,
and I’ll see you again soon for another nature-filled video! It’s ant love forever! Alright, guys a lot is coming up ahead going
into Antiverse 2020, and we’ve been uploading two videos a week this month, so if you enjoyed
this video, do subscribe to the channel, and hit the bell icon for notifications now, and
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every single time, including now! Just a reminder, I wanted to let everyone
know that AntsCanada.com is still having its big AC annual holidays Promo: the 20-2020
sale. That’s 20% off all Hybrid Series ant farms
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 to watch extended play footage of the trap-jaw ants living in
their new bottle terrarium all to the sounds of some relaxing Christmas music. It’s super calming and therapeutic! And now it’s time for the AC Question of
the Week. Last week, we asked: Why was I okay to handle this tarantula? Congratulations to Darren Bagley who correctly
answered: It was a calm species of tarantula. Congratulations to our winner, you just won
a free Ultimate Ant Keeping handbook from our shop! In this week’s AC Question of the Week we
ask: What is your favourite thing in the ant terrarium
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The Craziest Thing I’ve Ever Done in My Life

The Craziest Thing I’ve Ever Done in My Life


And speaking of which, you guys won’t believe
what I saw when I looked into Vortexia the next morning. Still no sign of leaf nests, and not much
has changed at the food station, but as I looked closer something peculiar caught my
eye in the shadows. What is that? OMG! Look who’s decided to come out and play. It’s an absolute pleasure to meet you, your
Royal Highness! Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel, and hit the
BELL icon. Welcome to the AC Family! Enjoy! The Canopy of Vortexia’s rains greeted the
morning sun, refreshing the lands with a hydrating shower that I programmed in this fully-automated,
climate controlled setup and home to our new colony of Asian weaver ants. The water would make these tropical lands
wonderfully moist and humid for the ants, who by lifestyle, naturally live in these
tropical trees, like treetop amazons. Weaver ants are an arboreal species, native
to Southeast Asia where I currently live. But it seems all this wonderful humidity and
heat, has caused someone special to emerge out into the open for us, AC Family. A weaver ant queen. Isn’t she just stunning? A worker tenderly begins to feed the queen
food stored in her social stomach. This is called trophallaxis. It’s also how ants feed each other and distribute
food to all members of the colony, as you can see here. But look at how gorgeous this queen is, how
much bigger she is than the workers, and how spectacular her yellowish green colour is. We’ll be able to get a better look at her
in a bit. I watched curiously as the queen began to
sort of tap her middle feet. What she’s doing here, I have no idea. I’m sure Weaver Ant society and culture is
far more complex than we humans assume. And indeed, you guys are about to discover
just how incredible and intricate Weaver Ant Society actually is in this video today, as
well as how they deal with outside threats, but no spoilers! All of that craziness is coming up later,
so keep on watching until the end! But meanwhile, you may be asking yourself,
so is this the queen of our new weaver ant colony? Well, here’s what I think. So in case you’re just joining us, our weaver
ant colony of reportedly 500 workers or so in this container, is still in the process
of moving into this great terrarium we built in the past episode, an ant kingdom terrarium
we call the Canopy of Vortexia. It’s a great space, perfectly designed for
the weaver ants, with lots of leaves for the ants to build their nests in. As a high tech climate controlled space which
matches conditions outside, it’s outfitted with its own heating, lighting, and rain system. But I believe this queen here is not the official
queen of the colony, but rather a daughter of the main queen. Let’s name her Princess Emeralda. Princess Emeralda is a virgin queen alate,
and the humid territories of Vortexia have likely caused her to emerge from the nest
in the container, as she probably thinks it’s nuptial flight time, i.e. time to mate. Sorry Princess, not quite yet. But guys, little did I know, Princess Emeralda
here would be the one, to show us something totally amazing that I know you guys will
love! From within the shadows a worker emerges wandering
confidently across the Vortexian forest floor, where she is on the hunt for some food. She climbs the scattered moss beds and decaying
wood searching high and low for goodies the colony might need. Weaver ants, though nesting high up in the
trees, do spend a lot of time on the ground, as well, foraging for food, like insects or
small dead animals, or even sweets. This worker here will not stop until she finds
something of interest. The well being of her colony depends on her
persistence. Another crew of ants are busy searching the
mid-levels of the territories, in the areas where the light at the tree tops meet the
darkness of the forest floor. We can’t leave any area unchecked now can
we? The workers use their antennae and their excellent
vision to locate food in their surroundings. I also think at this point the colony is still
mapping out the lands, as I imagine Vortexia is still largely unfamiliar territory. But this worker gains word of a party happening
just above the tree tops. High up on the feeding platform, a feast is
happening, as a crowd ants relish this sweet cup of honey-flavoured beetle jelly. They gorge themselves of this delectable jelly,
filling up their social stomachs so they can return to the main colony and start distributing
the food via trophallaxis. I just loved watching the workers tearing
at the jelly and indulging themselves on our food offering. Actually, this beetle jelly was supposed to
be a bribe to get the ants interested in moving into Vortexia and out of their current container. It was day two and the weaver ants still hadn’t
moved in to Vortexia, creating their famous treetop leaf nests. I was just dying to see them create these
incredible nests, using silk produced by their larvae, as an adhesive to keep everything
sticking together. But from the looks of things, it did seem
like the ants were still in the scouting phase, shopping for ideal real estate before choosing
a location to officially move and start the nest construction. I was in no rush though, as I had decided
that it was best to allow the ants to move in on their own schedule, and it did seem
like the weaver ants were warming up to Vortexia quickly. I couldn’t help but allow my imagination run
wild, guessing where in these territories the ants would eventually choose to build
their leaf nests. It seemed like anywhere here would have been
an ideal location, but I’m no weaver ant and I haven’t the slightest clue as to how they
decide which leaf or branch is the “one”, and what exactly they’re looking for in an
ideal branch or grouping of leaves, but I knew they would eventually come to a collective
decision on the best location for their nest, and when they did, I was determined to film
the entire process! Which plant do you guys think they will nest
in? Leave your guesses in the comments, and we’ll
see who’s right! As for now, though, the ants seem to be super
territorial over their newfound beetle jelly sugar source, and the workers are well aware
of my presence whenever I come near! They have extraordinary vision, and are on
guard and ready with jaws open, antennae outstretched, and gaster cocked to spray formic acid should
I dare draw near. There, there, my lady! I won’t hurt you nor touch your beetle jelly. Hehe. Oh, before I forget, guys, please take a moment
to vote in this poll here, for an official name for this weaver colony based on suggestions
provided by you, the AC Family in our last video. Thank you AC Council for your input. I’ll be announcing their official name in
our next episode. Overall, I could sense that any day now, the
colony would be moving in sooner than we expect, and AC Family, that’s exactly what ended up
happening, but not in the way that you nor I were thinking! I woke up before sunrise and returned to Vortexia
to check up on the weaver ants. Princess Emeralda was walking along one of
the rain pipes. I couldn’t believe her beauty! Just look at how gorgeous and majestic she
was up close! She’s an absolutely massive ant, at just under
an inch long. Though our princess here is a combination
of browns and greens, Asian weaver ants queens can actually vary in colour, from neon green,
to bright yellow, to brown, to even gorgeous hues of blues and reds. In my books, weaver ant queens are truly one
of the most beautiful queen ants in the world. But something seems to have captured our Princess’
attention? She smells something, something that is interesting
her greatly. She makes a U-turn and starts heading in the
opposite direction, guided by an entourage of workers, who seem to be urging her somewhere. Hmmm… something is up. The ants seem to be acting a bit strange. What on earth are they doing? I felt as though something was about to happen. Something big! I noticed some of the ants moved around quickly
as if they were extra excited about something. Ok…? Now AC Family, are you ready for this? I looked around the territories carefully,
trying to see if there was anything new, anything different or out of the ordinary, and soon
I was quite surprised to notice this here. There! It was a grouping of weaver ants. OMG! No way! Could this be happening? I believe the weaver ants have officially
chosen a spot to nest build! Yes! The ants were in the process of moving in! Now I wasn’t 100% sure about this, but it
did look like the ants were pretty fond of this sheltered area between the leaves of
this Schefflera plant! Alright, AC Family, this was about to get
really interesting! I also noticed that ants were traveling to
this sheltered site from other areas of the territories, which were great signs that this
site was a place of great interest. It seemed like some ants volunteered to be
living markers, ushers standing in place to help guide traffic of ants that I assumed
would be coming when the move was well under way. Some ants were traveling back to the colony
in the container probably in hopes to convince the rest of the colony that “Hey, guys, you
gotta trust me on this! We’ve found the perfect spot to build our
new home! Pick up the kids, inform the queen, and let’s
move out!” Perhaps easier said than done, though, because
for a move to officially happen, it would take at least a considerable handful of ants
to agree to the moving campaign, and eventually win over the majority of the colony before
any move happens. But when I looked back at the site, look who
had showed us that she had cast her vote on the moving issue! It seems the ants had convinced Princess Emeralda,
that this was going to be the site of their future home. OMG! I was so excited! Princess Emeralda’s presence here told me
that for sure this was a chosen site to build their weaver ant leaf nest! So cool! And suddenly, there was a rumbling in the
lands. Wait a sec! Oh no! The morning Vortex rains had arrived in Vortexia! I was so scared these rains were going to
freak the ants out and make the ants change their mind or deter them from initiating their
great move! I watched the ants religiously until the rains
came to an end. And just like that, the rain ceased, and the
ants seemingly unphased, began to clean themselves. OK, this was good. It seems the ants weren’t deterred by the
rains, and though the lands were a bit wet, I guess they were used to the rain by now. It’s actually rainy season currently where
I live, so these ants should feel right at home in it, but just in case, if they were
to move in today, I decided to program the next rains to skip the night, and I rescheduled
for their next Vortex to arrive tomorrow instead. Oh, I just couldn’t wait to finally see these
weaver ants build their long awaited leaf nests! But AC Family, I was certainly not prepared
to see what I saw next, and guys, I hate to say this but it’s not good news! Little did I know, up ahead, I was about to
do the craziest thing I’ve ever had to do in the history of the Antiverse! Brace yourselves, AC Family, desperate times
call for desperate measures. Later that afternoon, I visited Vortexia to
check up on the ants. Had they moved in yet? No. The small group was still camped out but there
was no huge colony moving in from the container. It was then that a tiny movement caught my
eye. Wait a sec! What was that? Was that what I thought it was? No, it couldn’t be. I must be dreaming. We got rid of the pharaoh ants’ mother nest
a long time ago and removed them from the Ant Room. It was then that my camera caught sight of
a pharaoh ant climbing its way up the beetle jelly cup. What?! I couldn’t believe my eyes! A Pharaoh ant came to drink from the jelly! And soon another appeared on the scene. They were pharaoh ant scouts! They must have broken in to claim the sweet
beetle jelly and the entire Canopy of Vortexia. In case you don’t know these pharaoh ants,
they are the thieves and murderers of the Ant Room, with a tendency to kill and conquer
entire ant kingdoms, as we saw in a video two weeks ago, with a particular taste for
new and emerging ant colonies. The pharaoh ants were quick to evade on coming
weaver ants, but I could tell the weaver ants could sense there were intruders in their
midst, and they began to patrol the area. And soon it wasn’t long before the weaver
ants finally discovered the pharaoh ant’s presence. There! The weaver ant took a quick bite and immediately
communicated to her sisters that there were indeed trespassers. And at second contact, the weaver ant ferociously
slashed her mandibles, taking powerful bites at the smaller pharaoh ant. These weaver ants weren’t going to allow pharaoh
ants to steal their jelly. The pharaoh ants scurried about in a panic,
but I knew inside, from past experience with these nefarious trespassers, it was only a
matter of time before these scouts would be returning to their supercolony and inviting
a huge pharaoh ant swarm to conquer these lands. I just could not let this happen! Not to our beloved new weaver ants. They were just about to claim these territories
theirs! This was a bad time for a pharaoh ant invasion. And sure enough, upon closer inspection more
and more pharaoh ant scouts had already infiltrated Vortexia! This was such bad news! Although it seemed the weaver ants could effectively
defend their jelly and territory now, I don’t think this would hold true once the pharaoh
ant swarm arrives. The weaver ants needed its full armed forces
to take on the arrival of a mass pharaoh ant invasion which I knew was eminent! And it seemed as though the weaver ants were
truly taking their time to move in, which could be super dangerous seeing as if the
pharaoh ants were to arrive in swarms and conquer these lands before the Weaver Ants
settle in, not only would the weaver ants lose this lush territory and source of nourishment,
but they’d also be in danger of becoming food to the pharaoh ants! I just couldn’t let this happen! And so AC Family, I had no choice, but to
make the toughest decision of my life, and resort to something extreme that I knew was
physically dangerous and just all around hazardous. Desperate times call for desperate measures,
AC Family! I waited for the dark of night. This was going to be the craziest thing I’ve
ever done in my life! I looked up at the container containing some
500 aggressive weaver ants. This was going to be the craziest thing I’ve
ever done in my life! I put on my protective gloves. This was going to be the craziest thing I’ve
ever done in my life! I detached the tube from the container and
plugged both openings with cotton. This was going to be the craziest thing I’ve
ever done in my life! All for the war against these pharaoh ants! I looked at the Canopy of Vortexia, and unlocked
the front panels of the territories to open it up! My God! This was going to be the craziest thing I’ve
ever done in my life! I unlocked the container, one side and then
other, and then all was set! It was time! This was the craziest thing I’ve ever done
in my life! 1 – 2 – 3! I popped open the container and with the help
of a friend, threw all its contents into Vortexia as quickly as I could! They came pouring out, and to my surprise
there weren’t just 500 workers! The colony was easily a couple thousands! I shut the door, trying to ignore the excruciating
pain of stinging weaver ants all over my arms! I turned the key to lock the weaver ants in. It was a painful venture, but before I knew
it, they were in! Thousands of weaver ants scrambled up the
vines and spread out into the dense expanse and foliage of Vortexia. I was awestruck watching them carpet all landmarks
of what was now going to officially be their kingdom! I stood speechless at the sight and couldn’t
look away as the mighty weaver ants rushed all areas of Vortexian territory. It was a marvelous sight to behold, seeing
all the weaver ants filling the territories. But what I saw next, truly moved my soul. Look! A pupa! The ants have started to move in the brood,
which means tonight, AC Family, the weaver ants begin the official move and construction
of a leaf nest! At last! This was going to be epic! AC Family, it’s all just crazy! Did you enjoy today’s Part 2 of our Weaver
Ant Trilogy celebration of 3 million subs? Guys, the weaver ants are finally going to
be constructing their leaf nests in next week’s episode and you surely won’t want to miss
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we love them so much! AC Inner Colony, I have left a hidden cookie
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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
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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
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