Messor barbarus, are they good climbers?

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nickvaes
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Messor barbarus, are they good climbers?

Post: # 20444Post nickvaes
Mon May 01, 2017 10:50 am

Hey guys so i just attached my testtube to my formicarium i placed it vertical so that when i water the top the water floats down and the ants can choose the humanti they want. However i noticed the ants sometimes fall or nearly fall when they clim down or up. Is it best to just lay id down flat to prevent them from falling or will they learn? I also added some seeds in random rooms so they can choose where to store them. Any advice is welcome!!


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Re: Messor barbarus, are they good climbers?

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Mon May 01, 2017 11:02 am

It is best to lay it flat, I don't think there are many harvester ants which can climb acrylic or glass well.
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nickvaes
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Re: Messor barbarus, are they good climbers?

Post: # 20446Post nickvaes
Mon May 01, 2017 11:04 am

Its a gips formicarium with plastic glass.

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Re: Messor barbarus, are they good climbers?

Post: # 20449Post Martialis
Mon May 01, 2017 11:25 am

nickvaes wrote:
Mon May 01, 2017 11:04 am
Its a gips formicarium with plastic glass.

Thanx for the reply
That's what I meant. The water will still give a humidity gradient, but it would be better to keep Messor in a horizontal formicarium.
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