A combination of soil, mud, chewed wood/cellulose, saliva, and feces. Mounds occur when an above-ground nest grows beyond its initially concealing surface. In tropical savannas the mounds may be very large, with an extreme of 9 metres (30 ft) high in the case of large conical mounds constructed by some Macrotermes species in well-wooded areas in Africa. The shape ranges from somewhat amorphous domes or cones usually covered in grass and/or woody shrubs, to sculptured hard earth mounds, or a mixture of the two.
In most cases, termite mounds are 2-3 meters high, built in dome or cone-like shapes. These mounds are usually covered in grass and/or woody shrubs, to hard earth mounds, or a mixture of the two. In extreme cases, found in tropical savannas, may reach up to 9 meters (30 feet) in height.
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