Uncle Milton Ant Farm Live Ant Habitat, Light-Up Gel Colony
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- A sleek, translucent habitat that gives an illuminated, 3D view of ants digging tunnels, building bridges and moving mountains!
- Nutrient-rich gel means easy care – no feeding or watering needed
- Includes an Ant Watchers’ Manual: a fact-filled guide to ants and their fascinating behaviors
- STEM: Biology, Zoology, Entomology
Specifications for this item
|Brand Name||Uncle Milton|
|EAN||0042499014403 , 0042499014502 , 0787799774557 , 0042499014519 , 0810973050076 , 0885579568515 , 0085800035070 , 0689960268394|
|Is Assembly Required?||false|
|Number of Items||1|
|Style||Light-Up Gel Colony|
|UPC||885579568515 , 689960268394 , 042499014519 , 810973050076 , 787799774557 , 042499014403 , 042499014502 , 085800035070|
|Warranty Description||No Warranty|
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Watch ants dig 3-D tunnels in illuminated nutrient-rich gel. Includes light-up LED module for night-time viewing! No feeding or watering needed. Order live harvester ants online! Postage and handling fee required. Ants shipped only within continental limits of USA.
From the Manufacturer
Watch ants as they build amazing 3-D tunnels in translucent gel. Food and moisture are self-contained for a maintenance-free experience.
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Legal DisclaimerPlease remember the ants are not live in the box. You must order them from the coupon inside. Shipping and handling fee required. Dlivery of ants may take 7-10 days once online order is received, weather permiting (32-85F. Ants sent ONLY to the continental limits of USA
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I bought mine at the store so I can't relate to those who got it shipped and claim the gel has dried out or become watery. Anyway to start yes you have to wait for the ants. The package comes with a voucher to get your shipment of ants free, but you have to pay shipping so it was about 5 or 6 dollars. I waited about a month or so for the ants. I live in New England and it was cold out when I initially ordered them so I was understanding. Once they shipped they were here in about 3 days.
Right off the bat the led light wasn't working properly. It flickered or just stayed on, it wouldn't let me shut it off unless I took the batteries out. I read it wasn't good for the ants to keep the light on long so I just opted to not use the light at all. I won't lie, the ants are scary at first. I put them in the fridge for 15 minutes to calm them down like it said, but even if they were a little more sluggish they were still clearly pissed off once i put them in. Also I want to add all my ants came in healthy which was awesome but also terrifying x26.
The first few days to a week was pretty boring. It just consisted of the ants violently trying to climb out. They tunneled slightly during this time, but for the most part they were just extremely pissed off and I felt bad for even buying them. I kept picking it up to see them and it would just piss them off more so I moved them out of my room into the kitchen and put them on a shelf where they could be viewed without moving. After doing that they seemed to settle within the habitat. They stopped trying to climb out so much and began tunneling. I'm not going to lie it has been pretty cool watching them tunnel. They made tunnels all the way to the bottom of the habitat and not once did they get stuck in a watery gel mixture. Coolest thing I observed was watching them start two different tunnels from opposite ends and then connecting them!
I've had them for about three months now and most are still alive. They've taken the dead ones and kind of mixed them into the gel at the top while they all sleep in a cavern under the gel. Overall I'm pretty satisfied. My only complaint is the led light. It's been a cool observation for me, but I do have some things I'd like to point out.
- Once they start tunneling they pile bits of gel at the top and can QUICKLY climb up the gel mounds to the very top of the container. So once they're at this point I do not suggest opening the habitat at all.
- When you first get them you're going to be sad/disappointed because they spend awhile just trying to get out, but if you leave them be they'll settle eventually.
- The top of the habitat is a plastic flap that clicks in, if this item were to fall it would easily pop open. I really don't think this is the best container for a child to use. I would suggest taping down the top very securely if you're getting this for children.
- After awhile they calmed down and tunneled, but every time I've gone to look at them at least one or two ants would be crawling at the top trying to get out.