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Termitarium & Termite Colony

Termitarium & Termite Colony


Start a very bizarre hobby, growing a termite colony in a termitarium. This offer is a complete set, including a colony of termites: Reticulitermes grassei. Please note: this colony has no queens or kings, see explanation below in the long description! 

Termitarium & Termite Colony (Reticulitermes grassei)



This colony does not contain a queen or king. But there can emerge som royal termites primary; they are usually recognizable by a slightly different pigment, they are often somewhat larger and sometimes have wings. In addition to primary reproduction, this is the secondary reproduction. Termites from secondary reproduction originate from nymphs and are called neotenes. A neoteen reaches sexual maturity without reaching a mature state with wings or leaving the nest.

There can be both workers and soldiers in these colonies. The number of workers varies from 30 to 150. So there may even be winged specimens in the colony, who can take over the role of queen or king if necessary (and otherwise die on their own).


Suitable for

Termites are fed with cellulose. One of the basic ingredients of wood. We call the nest where you keep termites a termitarium. You can make a termitarium of different materials, such as acrylic. You can find a suitable model on our website.

Termites cannot climb the acrylic and these species (grassei) are not affected by vision, they are almost completely blind. That is why they are easy to keep and easy to observe!


Packaging and shipping

On the picture you can see an example of a termite colony packing. We ship these with package shipping only.

In the complete set you get:
- Acrylic termietarium including arena living environment.
- 2 cotton balls or caps to close the openings in the termietarium.
- Pipette to keep the nest partially moist.
- Cellulose in a grip bag to make and place.
- 1 colony of termites Reticulitermes grassei.
- Manual with instructions.


Nest specifications

Width: 15 cm
Height: 25 cm
Thickness: 0.5 cm
Thinkness: outside 2.0 cm
Number of connection options: 2 (9mm)

The openings in the arena can be closed with cotton or caps.
Number of rooms the termites themselves make corridors in the cellulose.
Number of termites: suitable up to a few hundred termites.
Humidification: keep the cellulose (partly) slightly moist.
Hunting ground arena, outdoor part included: Yes
Nest duration: 1-2 weeks, depending on the number of termites and the ambient temperature.

Arena specifications

Width: 6 cm
Depth: 6 cm
Height: 2.5 cm
Accessibility: from nest part through opening
Closing: through lid, full lid (over entire surface) can be opened.

Customer Questions
Will the termite colony only grow to fit the space or will a larger space be required later on?

Thanks for your question, they will stop growing in quantities if they do not get more space. So a larger space is nice but not required. Please let us know if you have any further questions!

Are there termites in this termitarium?

Thank you for your question. You receive the ants separated from the termitatium. First you need to prepare the termitarium and then you can place the termites. But yes, with this product you receive both separated.

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