The Hobby Taboo, Keeping Exotic Ants.
I've been asked a lot if i would recommend it to everyone, across the world?
Quite simply, No.
Many live in countries where it may be against the law, or requiring a permit, or even have a delicate eco system.
I would always recommend those new to keeping Ants as a hobby, to start Native, local species, never run, before you can walk, before those steps, you must learn to crawl.
It also in my opinion relies heavily on the maturity of the keeper, the reason they wish to keep these exotic species, its a big commitment to make, as you can't release these species if you decide to change your mind, down the line.
However if the laws permit, the trade is legal, your responsible, experienced, confident you can care for and most importantly contain these species. If all the pieces of the puzzle fit together with your finances and commitment.
Then by all means, enjoy these amazing species as i do.
In the UK where i am from the exotic pet trade, is a huge part of our culture, the laws are pretty relaxed, I've kept and bred many species of reptiles, before stepping back into the keeping of ants and beginning my journey into Exotics.
This happened pretty innocently with a colony of Messor Barbarus. A readily available european species within the UK, i researched heavily into exotic species, the more i learned, i became enthralled, i understand the risks, I'm not willing to keep species such as Argentine Ants, Pharoah Ants, that could harm my environment.
Each species, i have since added to my collection, have been chosen for their adaptation or trait, a personal study, a journey as a hobbyist, learning, appreciating & caring for these colonies. planned, each studied meticulously to get their care requirements right, cost & expenses, to ensure i can make the commitment and keep it.
Its a solid step that you must remain dedicated to and a step not to take lightly.
I do not condone the illegal trade of any exotic species, Arachnids being some of the most commonly traded species on the black market.
Its important to source from reputable traders. No matter what exotic pets your thinking of keeping, do not be afraid to ask for proof of legitimacy.
I do not condone breaking the law or releasing of exotic species into your local climate, the reality is, if a suitable home, can't be found, the Colony must be destroyed, this is the harsh reality of this responsibility.
Where are you currently, in your journey of Ant keeping?
What is it like where your from in the world?
Are you #teamnative or #teamexotic?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject in the comments!
Ants & The Colonialist