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The Ant Works Space-age Habitat


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Item model number5050053394705
  
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ASINB000A6T52I
Best Sellers Rank 301,554 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
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Date First Available1 Jan 2002
  
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. E. Hipperson on 26 Dec 2008
not very happy with this the gel warped and ants got stuck down side of it, plus they didnt seem interested in making homes they crawled out of air holes and escaped.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2009
Hmmm. So basically you grab a few ants and chuck them in and, "Hey presto!" An ant colony. Nope. First bunch of ants - 8 as per instructions - just sat around the top of the gook inside the habitat and just got depressed. Until next morning when I found that the little critters could squeeze out of the miniscule air holes at the top and the very small gap where the lid seal sits. So once again I bunged in some more ants - with additional security measures. And a week later they were still sitting on the top of the blue gunk looking depressed. So I took them outside and removed the lid to see them spring into escape mode quicker than Steve McQeen. Hmmm. I then rooted around the garden and found a nest of bigger ants who looked a bit more aggressive. Bunged them - with security in place - and next morning - a hole in the gloop. Yey I thought, here we go. Nope. Seems that when they have made enough of a hole to hide in that seems to be enough. I certainly have not seen the trackway of tunnels that are shown on the package so far. My next plan is to try with considerably more ants than suggested and see what happens - hopefully competion will drive the wee beasties to dig for victory. So, it is educational I guess, because I have learned that ants do not read the package instructions and do as they are told at all.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CJ on 6 Jun 2009
This product is absolutely miniscule, it's about the size of the picture on Amazon.
Oh, and the ants died within a few weeks partly because they refused to eat the blue goo and partly because they got STUCK in the blue goo. I don't see what you can learn from half a dozen dying ants. But, okay they did dig a few tunnels before they died. But still, I wouldn't recommend buying this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nsb103 on 24 Dec 2012
The gel ant farms are successful and entertaining to watch only if you acquire the correct ants. In the UK that means ordering them online which will cost you about the same as you paid for the ant farm. Species native to the UK will not dig in the gel, and due to their smaller size are likely to escape. The ants you need are harvester ants, which anyone in the US can probably find in the garden. They are bigger than UK species and have large mandibles for digging. They also sting, so children will need supervision at least for the initial setup.

Real colonies of any species (i.e. with a queen that will produce babies) are not suitable for gel ant farms. What this product is for is to observe tunneling of harvester ant workers. They will live for a few months and produce intricate tunnel systems. If you want an ant farm that can be populated with ants from your garden and sustain a colony, this is not it.

Overall I think this is a good product that is badly let down in the UK by misleading advertising. Buyers should be made aware that they need a non-UK ant species that will cost them another 20-30 pounds with delivery.
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