- Ant Space Gel Habitat
Ant Space Gel Habitat
Study ant behaviour in a unique gel environment conceptualized by NASA scientists. The translucent gel not only serves as a tunneling medium for the ants, but is also their food and water source. NASA scientists developed a similar self-contained ant habitat for a space mission to study how ants tunnel in near weightlessness. Be fascinated as your ant colony thrives and tunnels in its space-age gel. Great for classroom studies as well!
What you get
Ant gel habitat (140mm x 170mm x 30mm), small plastic stick, magnifier, instructions. The nutrient gel is safe and non toxic, it has been sterilized to kill all microbes.
How does it work?
After placing between 10 and 30 ants in their new home it may take 24-72 hours or longer for ants to start tunneling then feel the excitement. Watch in fascination as the ant colony goes about its daily business and creates a network of beautiful 3D tunnels. The nutrient gel is specially formulated from a sea plant to promote the healthy growth of ants, additional food and water is not necessary. NASA scientists used a similar self-contained habitat to study ant life in space without the worry of providing food and water on a regular basis in a microgravity environment. The gel tunnels were also able to withstand the tremendous G-forces and shaking during lift off without collapsing - impossible in a traditional dirt-based habitat.
- Ant life, behviour and characteristics. Notice how some ants may use the gel as building blocks to line the ant habitat or encase a dead ant.
Follow included instructions for best results.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Check out this video of ants digging in a similar habitat!
|Age Group||5-6 Years, 7-8 Years, 9-10 Years|
What are the shipping costs?
FREE Shipping is available on all orders over $120 to anywhere in Australia!
Orders under the value of $120 incur a low flat rate shipping cost of only $9.95 to anywhere in Australia.
Express, Registered and International delivery options are also available. The cost for these premium shipping services will be automatically calculated during the checkout process. Please conact us if you have any queries with these services.
In some cases we may need to apply a shipping surcharge to large or fragile items, especially to remote or non-urban locations. You will be contacted by us for confirmation if this additional charge is applicable.
How long will it take for my order to arrive?.
You should receive your order within 2 to 4 working days, although to some regional and out back areas it can take up to 2 working days longer. Orders going to WA also take a little longer, up to 6 working days.
All standard orders are shipped using Australia Post's eParcel service, so you'll be kept fully informed of the progress of your order during its journey to you. Aside from receiving regular email updates, you can enter your tracking number into Australia Post's website at any time for information about the delivery status of your order.
International delivery will take from between 1 to 4 weeks depending on the destination and potential customs clearance delays.
When will my order be shipped?
We ship every Victorian business day. Orders received and paid for by 12pm AEST time will generally be shipped the same day.
If you require your order urgently, we have a next day delivery express service available.
What locations do you ship to?
We ship to both Australian and International customers.
What shipping options are available?
The majority of orders are shipped using Australia Post's trackable eParcel service, with larger orders being sent by national courier.
We also have options for express or registered post. A number of international delivery options are also available. These can be selected during checkout.