Camponotus ocreatus care guide:

Camponotus ocreatus, or golden carpenter ants, are a popular species for beginner ant keepers. Here's a detailed care guide on how to take care of them:


  • Golden carpenter ants require a spacious enclosure to allow for their natural behavior of foraging and nesting. A terrarium or acrylic formicarium with a size of at least 20x20x10 cm is suitable for a small colony.
  • Provide a moist nest area using sand, soil or a combination of both.
  • Carpenter ants love to climb, so it's recommended to provide a vertical space with some branches or twigs to climb on.
  • Make sure to add a cover or lid to prevent escape and to keep the humidity levels stable.

Temperature and humidity:

  • Golden carpenter ants require a temperature range of 20-25°C and a humidity level of around 60-80%.
  • Use a thermometer and hygrometer to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in the enclosure.
  • Mist the nest area and foraging area with water daily to maintain humidity levels.


  • Carpenter ants require a diverse diet that includes insects, sweet liquids, and protein-rich foods.
  • Offer insects such as fruit flies, mealworms, and crickets as a source of protein.
  • Sweet liquids such as honey, sugar water, and fruit juice can be offered as a source of carbohydrates.
  • Offer small pieces of fresh fruit, vegetables or seeds to provide a source of fiber and vitamins.

General care:

  • Avoid disturbing the ants too often as this can cause stress to the colony.
  • Monitor the colony regularly for any signs of illness, such as lethargy, loss of appetite or discoloration.
  • If the colony outgrows their enclosure, it's important to transfer them to a larger enclosure to prevent overcrowding and stress.


  • It's important to avoid using any pesticides or chemicals in the enclosure or around the ants.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling the ants or their enclosure.
  • Observe the ants' behavior and learn about their natural history to better understand their needs and behaviors.

In summary, Camponotus ocreatus, or golden carpenter ants, are a fascinating species to keep as pets. With the right housing, temperature, humidity, and diet, they can thrive in captivity. By monitoring their behavior and needs, you can ensure they lead happy and healthy lives.