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The Termitat® is a remarkable desktop habitat that gives you an up close look at a colony of forest-dwelling Dampwood Termites. This unique exhibit for your home, office, or classroom keeps the termites secure within a museum-quality habitat, resulting in a stunning piece of living art for your home.

Pacific Dampwood Termites are among the largest termites in North America. They thrive in moist, decaying logs on the forest floor in the Pacific Northwest. Often ignored due to their unfortunate misrepresentation as "just a pest,” this complex species is incredibly fascinating to observe. As scientists, architects, and even robotics engineers study these amazing creatures, they are discovering how sophisticated termite adaptations are and the instrumental part these insects play in Earth’s ecology. Termites are the 200 million year old master recyclers of the Earth’s carbon who also share a social behavior system similar to ours. Those are pretty good tricks by any standard.

With this easy to care for habitat, these masters of social organization will give you years of enjoyable learning, wonder, and entertainment. However, these are live animals living in a closed environment and they will need occasional attention as with any other pet.

Upon receiving your Termitat®, check for a healthy and lively colony. Be sure to check the wood disk at least twice a week to observe whether a small area is visibly darker and damper than the surrounding wood, and add just enough spring water or distilled water to keep this small area damp. These termites do best at temperatures that we humans also find comfortable, so a cool, low light spot on a desk or shelf is the perfect place to show off your incredible colony.

Product Details
  • ColorsClear
  • Materials
  • Measurements
    11"L x 9"W x 4.5"H
  • OriginUnited States

— Acrylic Desktop Habitat For Live Colony of Pacific Dampwood Termites
— Closed System To Keep Termites Safe Inside
— Contains Enough Wood To Maintain The Colony For 3-5 Years
— Requires Minimal Maintenance (Occasional Watering)
— Set Includes 32 Page Care Instruction Book & Water Syringe

How long do they live? Do you need to add more wood at some time?

The colony theoretically could live forever. They will prosper as long as there is a source of wood and they are safe from enemies (mainly ants). The wood in the Termitat will last from 3-5 years depending on its care and the corresponding level of reproduction by the colony. When the majority of the wood is eaten, the Termitat can be returned and a rebuild with new wood can be purchased.

Is there a fertilized queen (for reproduction) or are these just drones?

The male and female "workers" (not a specialized cast) are made up of "nymphs" that go through up to 6 molts. Each time they molt they can become more a specialized body type. (ie: male and female soldiers or supplementary reproductives). You'll get eventual reproduction in the colony and soldiers for their protection.

Does it smell?

Nope! No smell at all.

What type of care do the termites require?

They require just a bit of water once in a while. There is a small tube incorporated into the upper support rod. You get a rubber-tipped syringe to inject water into this at the very top of the grey ring.

Do different types of light make a difference in their life and what about temp?

They are pretty accepting of any light. If you have a speakeasy with red lights, they do not respond to red. Just choose a low light area with no direct sun. They like temps that humans like. There are limits to what you can subject them to and for how long, but it's all covered in the directions.

Can they escape?

No, they cannot escape unless you open the case or break the case open which is hard to do. It's made out of 14 thick acrylic.
The tiny watering hole on top is too small for anything but maybe the minuscule first instars to exit. However, they will never wander away from the colony, they are social/colonial animals.

Where can the wood be bought to replace the wood it comes with?

You can get a rebuild easily on the website,
You can get 3 to 5 years with the first wood block.

Do the termites come with it? If yes, how many ?

Yes, the termites come with it. It comes with approximately 35 and a soldier if available in the supply colony.

Can the small starter termites actually escape through the watering hole?

The colony usually makes sealing it their first act. They don't like drafts. This is also why a pin tool is included so you can clear the hole each time to water.
The first instars might just fit, but that is a non-starter.

How strong is the clear casing? Is it strong enough to with stand being knocked over?

Yes! We've dropped them from waist high on the floor and had no real damage. If you aimed it so the leg hit first, maybe.
It is 1/4" thick acrylic. The ring is injection molded plastic, very tough.

What happens once the wood is gone?

The wood disks are all different and the rings are custom snipped to hold that particular piece. When new wood gets installed, the new wood gets a new ring up to five years per wood disc.

If you drive the colony down by not changing out the wood before they totally run out, you will need a new colony. Otherwise, you get your own colony back.

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    United States (EXCEPT Alaska, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Louisiana, Florida)
  • Shipping Policy
    Standard Ground Shipping
  • Ship In
    2-4 weeks
  • Return Policy
    Final sale, not eligible for return or cancellation