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TexTech's Cephalotes texanus Journal

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#1 Offline TexTech - Posted July 21 2021 - 2:31 PM

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As some of you know, I've been taking care of some Cephalotes texanus (Texas Turtle Ants). Here's my experiences with them!

 

 

7/21/2021

 

This is a rather small colony that I found. Only 1 queen, 3 workers, 4 soldiers, and a decent brood pile. I plan on moving them to another setup soon, instead of this crappy temporary setup.

What I've noticed about this species is that they do not like a lot of humidity. They really love dryer places! I'm sure their hard exoskeleton (really tough like the Attinines) makes it easy to retain their moisture! 

I haven't tried feeding them yet, but I will see what they like as soon as I get them in a proper setup. 

 

 

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More updates later as events happen.


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Keeping:

Cephalotes texanus-13

Neoponera villosa-1

Camponotus texanus-1

Crematogaster sp.-4

 

Termites:

Nasulitermes sp.-18

Reticulitermes sp.-2


#2 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted July 21 2021 - 4:17 PM

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these ants never cease to amaze me :lol:


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1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

Ants I Want: Crematogaster sp, Camponotus Sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Mymercocystus sp.

 

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#3 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 22 2021 - 12:01 AM

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Me want. Now.

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Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Pheidole parva, Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Odontomachus simillimus, Carebara(Pheidolegeton) sp., Crematogaster (borneensis group) sp., Oecophylla smaragdina, Tetramorium sp., Odontomachus rixosus

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(
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#4 Offline TexTech - Posted July 24 2021 - 1:49 PM

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Update!!

 

7/23/2021

 

I fed them a bit and also they had a few more workers and soldiers eclose!

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7/24/2021

 

I finished making their new formicarium! It took a while as I had to make sure it was from the same tree as them (Just a precaution, not necessary, but I wanted to! Makes them feel more at home) They've moved in and have started carving out pieces of the wood that I've already cut! Which is fine, it's just at a part that I can't take good photos of. 

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Keeping:

Cephalotes texanus-13

Neoponera villosa-1

Camponotus texanus-1

Crematogaster sp.-4

 

Termites:

Nasulitermes sp.-18

Reticulitermes sp.-2


#5 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 24 2021 - 3:26 PM

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That’s really cool! Awesome setup!
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#6 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 24 2021 - 4:11 PM

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DID THEY EAT?! DID THEY EAT?!

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Ants epic :D
YouTube: https://m.youtube.co...uKsahGliSH7EqOQ

My current ants: Pheidole parva, Nylanderia cf. kraepelini, Odontomachus simillimus, Carebara(Pheidolegeton) sp., Crematogaster (borneensis group) sp., Oecophylla smaragdina, Tetramorium sp., Odontomachus rixosus

Death count: idk there's too many that I've lost :(
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#7 Offline TexTech - Posted July 24 2021 - 6:01 PM

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DID THEY EAT?! DID THEY EAT?!
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Yes,they did eat!
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Keeping:

Cephalotes texanus-13

Neoponera villosa-1

Camponotus texanus-1

Crematogaster sp.-4

 

Termites:

Nasulitermes sp.-18

Reticulitermes sp.-2






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