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MikeCzajson
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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63367Post MikeCzajson
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:23 pm

Guys what do you think about camponotus singularis ? As far as I know they inhabit tropical forests of Asia so I think they'd fit the paludarium better than c. Nicobarensis. They're also big enough to attract water dragons so the population could be naturally controlled by the lizards. The only thing is if they have stingers or spray acid ? Did anyone here keep then ? It is said they aren't very aggressive is that true ?

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63505Post antnest8
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:39 pm

Almost all ants sting or spray acid. Camponotus use acid but luckly the acid is weak and in small amounts so weak it dosn't harm humans and i doubt it would hurt the lizards.

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63643Post MikeCzajson
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:02 pm

I know that every ant species has to have some protection like stingers or acid. I just don't want species that could harm the dragons eyes like yellow crazy ants did to AntsCanada's bird once. I'm looking for a species as harmless as possible, and I wonder how strong is the acid of c. Singularis.

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63647Post antnest8
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:14 pm

I found this "The most common species of black ant in the United States is the black carpenter ant, which delivers a small amount of formic acid through its jaws as it bites."

so if you carpenter ants are like ours there acid is spread through there bites.

in another article it talks about crazy ants and how they spray lots of acid. I think that crazy ants are the most dangerous ants acid-wise. that's why they hurt the bird, the camponotus should be fine I think.

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63822Post MikeCzajson
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:51 am

I also wonder if the c. singularis won't be a threat to the dragons. It's said that they feed mainly on honey and small insects but I fear they'd try to hunt the dragons ? Or will the ants be afraid of them and avoid contact ?

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63835Post Hawkeye
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:53 am

MikeCzajson wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:51 am
I also wonder if the c. singularis won't be a threat to the dragons. It's said that they feed mainly on honey and small insects but I fear they'd try to hunt the dragons ? Or will the ants be afraid of them and avoid contact ?
Those dragons are way too big to be a target. Dead they'll devour them, alive they will avoid is my guess

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Re: Southeast asian paludarium

Post: # 63872Post MikeCzajson
Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:33 am

Alright then :D once again thank you all for your help :)

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