ANTS vs. SNAKE

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Snakes and ants seem like a very unlikely pair when it comes to biological relationships, but you won't believe what I found inside our ant terrarium! No snakes were harmed during the making of this video, but I don't know if we could say the same for ants!
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Caption: Welcome everyone to the antscanada ant channel. on this channel, we've seen some pretty incredible. stuff occuring in the lives of ants, but what. i was able to shoot for this video was something. i've never ever before seen. in case you haven't been following the saga. of the lives within this terrarium, i along. with a tonne of ac family out there are convinced. this terrarium carries a curse. every ant colony we have tried to move in. here to inhabit this terrarium we so carefully. crafted with selected plants, originating. creatures, and soil, have either died before. moving in, thought to have died inside, or. escaped. in fact, some of you have suggested the ghost. of the bearded dragon that died in these lands,. is haunting our every attempt to move in our. ants. but ac family, what we find today inside this. terrarium will truly blow your mind. keep on watching until the very end. today, we discover that these cursed lands. harbour a dangerous creature that i had no. idea was living secretly in this terrarium. all this time. a serpent. welcome everyone to another episode of the. antscanada ant channel. please subscribe to my channel and hit the. bell icon. welcome to the ac family. enjoy. never in my life, have i ever come across. a terrarium that truly acted like it had a. mind of its own. where all the creatures seemed like they were. mere parts to a giant creature, each creature. with its own function in the grand superorganism. like in this terrarium. new creatures that i never knew lived here. have begun to emerge, seemingly out of nowhere. snails for instance, awake to greet the new. day in these rich territories. i believe the snails may have come in with. the ficus' original soils, and they're an. interesting addition to this terrarium as. they graze on mosses, plant matter, and decaying. material. but more abundant than these and perhaps the. most dominant animal lifeform within this. world, are the diminutive critters called. springtails. springtails are little creatures which used. to be considered insects, but currently are. referred to by scientists as collembolans. they are omnivorous but feed primarily on. molds and fungi that grow on decaying matter. they also feed on microbes. that is how small they are!. to me they seem like flocks of sheep in the. micro world. also sharing the habitat with the spingtails,. are these less social but cute critters: mites. the mites also feed on decaying matter and. fungi, and help with decomposition of material. it seems the flocks of springtails want nothing. to do with the mites, and vice versa. and now bursting through the flocks comes. a confident ranger. a titan. for those of you who are new to the channel,. this is a worker ant of a colony of asian. marauder ants named the titans, that we recently. moved into this terrarium, and boy are we. happy to see it now. we initially thought they had died out sometime. during the transition, but since our last. video, we discovered that the colony was actually. still alive and inhabiting these lands somewhere. seeing the titans foraging like this was a. good sign that the colony was functioning. as normal. if they were having a rough time moving homes. before, it seems now they have gained their. second life. the titan travels confidently searching for. food that it can bring back to its family. in a hidden burrow somewhere in this terrarium. i still haven't been able to locate where. the titans had setup homebase, but i suspect. that it is somewhere here, around this driftwood. piece. so, i have begun to place food near there. for the workers to feed from, but here's where. i was reminded that the ants were not the. dominant organisms within this terrarium. for in placing this precrushed baby roach. on to the ground's surface, it wasn't long. before other terrarium inhabitants began to. snatch up this opportunity for a meal. at first, this cockroach attracted springtails. and various other terrestrial creatures. but then the ground below the cockroach began. to move. a titan came by but totally was not interested. in the cockroach. several hours later, i returned to discover. the cockroach half within in the soil being. eaten by a creature below ground. it was being eaten by an earthworm, admittedly. one of my worst fears in the entire world. i didn't even know earthworms ate meat, but. it seems the worms in these lands had a taste. for dying insects, and surprisingly, so did. the snails!. like a slimy scavenger, a snail came to finish. off the remains which the earthworm left behind. although they may seem repulsive, earthworms. who belong to the class oligochaeta, play. a major role in the conversion of large pieces. of organic matter into rich humus, thus improving. soil fertility. here you can see a piece of leaf that a worm. has dragged into its burrow. this will then decay and improve soil quality. earthworm digestion also helps convert vital. minerals and nutrients into more absorbable. forms for plants. watch as this earthworm excretes waste. each of these pieces of earthworm feces is. loaded with nutrients for plants. earthworm tunnels also enable the processes. of soil aeration and drainage. there's no doubt these earthworms are biologically. important in this terrarium. but wanna hear something cool, ac family . earthworms do not have eyes but you may be. surprised to know that they can see light. they have specialised photosensitive cells. called "light cells of hess" which help them. tell if it's sunny or dark. this is essential because many of their predators. are daytime creatures, and sensing quick light. changes from a shadow of a predator can make. the difference between life and death. watch what happens when i move the light on. this earthworm. it quickly instinctively retreats, but doesn't. go far because it can feel that it is still. enclosed in its burrow. it seems all the creatures in this terrarium. have acheived a sort of balance. they kind of live together and feed together,. but i wasn't prepared in the least to discover. that in these flourishing lands, lives a creature,. a monster in fact, that i have never ever. seen in my life. i was awake at 2am one night and peeked into. the terrarium and discovered a peculiar creature. moving through the moss. at first, i thought it was a really long and. thin millipede. but as i looked closer, it seemed the creature. had no legs. that was odd. perhaps it was a type of worm . take a look. and then, that's when i saw it. the creature had a little tiny tongue flickering. out of its front end as it moved about. oh my g!. this creature was a snake!. i had no idea snakes this small even existed. it was only about 2 inches long!. i couldn't see a pronounced head nor eyes,. but i could see that flickering tongue smelling. the world as it navigated around. can you believe it, guys . an actual snake was living in this terrarium. i found it really cool and assumed it was. feeding off the small terrestrial insects. in the terrarium, perhaps feeding on the ever. abundant springtails and mites. i watched it for a good 30 minutes before. it finally disappeared in the shadows. in the morning i decided to look it up online. typing "blind snake" into google, the very. first search result that popped up was the. exact snake i'd seen the night before. the snake's name was indotyphlops braminus,. commonly known as a brahminy blind snake,. a tiny nonvenomous snake found mostly in africa. and asia, but has been introduced to other. parts of the world. i was surprised to learn that they also were. commonly called "flowerpot snakes" due to. the fact that they have been introduced to. other parts of the world through the plant. trade, living secretly in soils of flowerpots. this explains how the snake got into our terrarium. in the first place. it must have come in with the soil when we. planted the ficus. but nothing prepared me for what i was about. to read about brahminy blind snakes, that. suddenly made my heart jump into my throat. their diet consisted of larvae, eggs, and. pupae of ants and termites!. the snake fed on ant babies!. oh no!. though it seemed the snake had no interest. in the adults, the fact that the snake ate. the young of ant colonies meant that it would. affect future generations from developing. and in the world of ants, workers only lived. for a good month or two before dying, so the. success of the colony and queen depended on. the successful emergeance of succeeding generations. of ants. this snake living in our terrarium was a direct. threat and predator to our titans!. this was just insane!. what terrible luck!. and what made things even worse was how these. snakes reproduced. brahminy blind snakes reproduce through a. process called parthenogenesis, which meant. they were able to reproduce on their own without. a partner to mate with. in fact, all specimens of brahminy blind snakes. collected, have been known to be female. turns out all offspring that hatch from their. eggs, are 100% clones of their mothers and. therefore are also born female. this was a nightmare, because it meant that. we only needed 1 of these snakes to start. a population of them living in these lands,. a population of snakes that fed on ant babies!. little did i know, the night before, the curse. of this terrarium had reared its ugly blind. head. examining the terrarium i couldn't find the. snake anywhere. i kept watch night, after night, after night,. after night, but saw no signs of the snake. i assumed the snake was nocturnal because. when i had sighted it, it was in the wee hours. of the night. these snakes apparently live in the nests. of termites and ants but also burrow in soil. for most of its life. i guessed that it came out that one time to. feed. my experience with snakes is limited to the. pet snakes i've owned including this male. sonoran green tree python here, named valentino,. which i've owned for a few years now. he feeds at night usually once every week. or two. if the brahminy snake in our terrarium is. like valentino here, i suppose we can expect. for it to emerge again within 1 to 2 weeks. but i began to question, how it was able to. survive so long in the terrarium. i bet when we introduced the titans, it had. a feast on some ant young. who knows how much titan offspring it had. already fed on. who knows how many brahminy snakes actually. existed in this terrarium by now. so many questions. finally, after more nights of failing to spot. the snake, i decided to take matters into. my own hands. it was time to go into the terrarium and look. for the snake myself. it was operation snake hunt!. i carefully took apart the decorations of. the terrarium, careful not to disturb the. soil too much in fear of possibly disturbing. the nest of our titans. i searched and looked carefully for any snake. sadly, by the end of the search, i could find. nothing. no snake. perhaps it was truly buried deep in the soil. somewhere. i resolved to keep my eye out every night. for the snake to emerge once again, capture. it, remove it from the terrarium, and save. our titans from their predator. now here's where i need your help, ac family. if i do capture this ant baby-eating snake,. should i release it outside, or should i use. it as a natural form of population control,. say for the fire nation or even the golden. empire, whom we tried to biologically control. at one point with pitcher plants, which ended. up failing because the plants ended up establishing. a pact with the ants. or should we release the hungry brahminy snake. into one of the plant pots in which i know. the savage black crazy ants that killed our. beloved jawbreakers a few months back live . perhaps this would be the perfect opportunity. for vengeance. take a moment now to vote here, and let your. voice be heard, ac family. as for the fate of the titans, there really. was nothing left for me to do but let nature. take its course within the terrarium. as ant keepers, and ultimately keepers of. wildlife, we always strive to recreate nature. in its perfection so we could be witnesses. of its beauty. but i realized though this entire terrarium. curse saga, that perhaps part of nature's. beauty is in its natural chaos and in its. propensity to be uncontrolled, undictated,. and its parameters determined by no other. mind besides its own. it was at that moment that i realized that. this curse which tripped up all our plans,. was in fact, nature telling us who was truly. in control, and who was just a player in the. grand scheme of things. afterall, thanks to us and our collective. decisions, we unkowingly made it possible. for a tiny snake and all its future babies. to be fed in a lush environment that was comfortable. and free of its predators. it seems nature always has the last say. alright, ac family wasn't this all just mind. blowingly crazy . if you enjoyed watching this video and want. to help us keep making more, please remember. to hit that thumbs up button, leave me a comment. to express your thoughts, and share this video. with all your friends so they too can follow. these epic ant stories. oh and of course, if you haven't yet, what. are you waiting for . hit that subscribe button and bell icon so. you can be notified every time we upload a. new video. ac inner colony, i've left a hidden cookie. for you here, if you would just like to watch. extended play footage of the eerie creatures. living in this terrarium. and now it's time for the ac question of the. week. last week we asked:. name one preparation that. needed to be done before. moving the dark knights. into the terrarium. congratulations to ant nation who correctly. answered:. putting baby powder. on the tube so they. can't get to the mesh?. congratulations ant nation, you just won a. free ebook handbook from our shop!. and in this week's ac question of the week,. we ask:. name one way in which. earthworms help in an. ecosystem. 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