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Odontomachus monticola Trap Jaw Ants care

The Odontomachus monticola Trap Jaw Queen Ant is a fascinating and impressive species of ant. This ant species is known for its powerful mandibles, which can snap shut at lightning speed to catch prey or defend against predators. At our ant shop, we offer these queen ants for sale to those interested in keeping them as pets or for scientific study.


These ants have the second-fastest moving predatory appendages within the whole animal kingdom, after the Mystrium Camillae aka Dracula ants. One study of Odontomachus Bauri recorded peak speeds up to 230 km/h (143 mph), with the jaws closing within just 130 microseconds on average. That’s more than 2,000 times faster than the blink of an eye.


Queen ant is 12 to 13mm and her lifespan is 3-5 years. The colony is Monogyne - One queen per colony. These queens are Semi Claustral - Need food while founding.

The colony size can reach 700 to 800 workers. The workers are around 9mm to 11mm.

Temperature requirements:

Nest - 24 to 28 degrees | Outworld 21 to 30 degrees.


Nest 60%-70%; Outworld 50% to 80%.

A hibernation is not required.

Diet: Small insects and Carbs

Ant Farm: We recommend a Natural Ant Farm Setup

Caution! Trap-jaw ants have a potent sting and can pinch your fingers if not handle them with caution.


Find out more about these little beasts in our article: Evolution of Trap-Jaw Ants: A Closer Look


Odontomachus monticola Trap Jaw Queen Ant Colony

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