Greetings fellow Myrmecophiles! My [real] name is David Ian Go, a Myrmecophile since forever, but an ant-keeper for as short as 3 months. I caught my very first queen (Solenopsis geminata) somewhere around July this year which was quickly followed by my second queen (Odontomachus simillimus) on that very same month. I started the hobby only this year because I had no idea that it was possible and not to mention very manageable. I've had experience keeping a handful of different genera including Solenopsis, Tetramorium, Monomorium, Crematogaster, Paratrechina, Nylanderia, Odontoponera, Odontomachus, Harpegnathos, among others, all of which (except the ponerines) are still in their test tube stage. More on the colonies on actual journals I'm planning to start.
My love for all things that move started when I was a boy, a toddler even. I lived in a rural town near forests, beaches and mountains, which was prime habitat for a lot of creatures, ants included. Everytime I went out to play, I'd encounter something new, ants being the most inconspicuous, so I got curious, and that spark of curiosity grew into a passion that has now become a hobby.
I started off keeping different insects in jars (a lot of which died in a few days due to my lack of knowledge) then, I started keeping vertebrates, (fish, birds, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians) crustaceans, (shrimp, crabs, lobsters) and eventually ants.
Aside from ants, I also keep mantids, katydids, crickets, spiders, centipedes, scorpions, earwigs, isopods, paper wasps, roaches, beetles, fish, birds, shrimp, crabs, lobsters, birds, hamsters, mice, frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, lizards, snakes and a dog. I did not include feeders (crickets, mealworms, roaches etc.) All of the aforementioned creatures are being bred.
Now, a lot of you might wonder if that is even legal, well, it actually is. Most of these creatures don't count as pets in my country.
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed finding out about who I am and I look forward to knowing much about all of you as well.
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