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Termite Mounds

While some termites live in the wood that makes up our homes, other kinds of termites make their own houses. These architectural marvels are some of the most amazing structures made by any creature on the planet.

Most termites do not build their own mound-cities. These above-ground structures only occur in certain geographic regions. South America, Africa and Australia are home to species of termite that can build their own mound cities up to 26 feet high. These termite mounds can take up to 5 years to build and are in a state of constant repair and maintenance. 

What Are Termite Mounds?

Termite mounds are cities made up of one termite colony and are constantly evolving. All termite species need to live in environments that are a certain temperature and have a specific moisture make up. Termites can create their own temperature-controlled environments that are governed by intricate ventilation and cooling systems which eliminates the need to search for the right place to make their home. These mounds also include specialized rooms where termites store food, grow fungal gardens, incubate eggs, and keep the hugely important queen safe from outside threats. 

What Are Termite Mounds Made Of?

Termite mounds are created from a mixture of soil, dung and termite saliva. From the outside, these termite mounds seem solid, but upon closer inspection they are quite porous. These tiny holes in the walls of termite mounds allow outside air to get into the structure and create ventilation.

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