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Ants are the most successful species on planet Earth and have been living for more than 10 million years. As per the estimation of our scientist, there are 20,000 different species of ants on Earth. They are capable of making many different types of homes. Ants live in a well and organized colony of 40,000 which is build of simple little mounds out of dirt or sand.

Most Ants live in hot climate and they range between 2mm and 10mm (0.08" and 0.20") long. Yet some ants may range up to 0.7mm (1.2") long. Like all insects, ants have six legs. Each leg has three joints. Ants do not have lungs and blood vessels. The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days. They have extreme powerful antennae by means of which they can communicate with other ants.

Each colony of ants has its own smell. In this way they can recognized their colonies immediately. Ants are so strong that they can carry objects up to 10 to 20 times their body weight. There are three types of ants in each species, the queen, the sterile female workers, and males. Adult ants cannot chew and swallow solid food, so they squeeze the fluid from pieces of food.

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