Termites are responsible for some of Kakadu’s most spectacular structures – huge pointed mounds that tower up to six metres high.
Made of mud and termite saliva, these mounds are incredibly solid and can last up to 60 years. Inside each one is a network of tunnels that is home to millions of hardworking insects.
Where to see them
Cathedral termite mounds can be seen in the southern part of the park. One of the best places is along the Maguk Road in the Mary River Region.
Termites also help construct homes for others. Some species eat the dead wood at the centre of trees, hollowing out trunks and limbs to create homes for small animals.
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