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Aggressive Octopus

MRNEL57

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I have had an O.briareus for about six months now and lately it has become pretty aggressive. The other day I put my hand in the tank, close to it's cave, to clean the side and it came shooting out and grabbed it. It took me about a minute to get it off of my hand. I also usually hand feed it shrimp but lately in seems more interested in going after my hand than it does the food or it grabs both and doesnt let go of either. I have stopped hand feeding it, but I still have to put my hand in to clean the tank. Thankfully, I have not been bit. When it does grab me it usually also hangs on to one of the rocks so I can eventually pull away. If the octopus is out, it will come after my arm no matter were it is in the tank. I was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences and if this normal for the species. I can't tell if it is just playing or if it is actually trying to bite I and dont really want to find out the hard way.
 

aximbigfan

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i dunno but i thin kthat your octo trying to play with you.... does he have any toys i nthe tank?


chris
 

Nancy

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I suspect it wants to play. If it wanted to bite you, I'd think it would have done that already. Also some octos love a tug of war game. You might try using a feeding stick and see what happens. My bimac "captured" the feeding stick and wouldn't let go.

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I've had bimacs try to grab me. I do not know if it is trying to "play" or being aggresive I never gave it enough time to bite me. It could be aggresion because you are near its den and its trying to protect itself. Or, as they said it is just curious about you.
 

aximbigfan

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why noty just stick you hand in, keep it steady and just let your octo crawl aroiund on it.. plus you will geta free arm massage :jester:
remeber no copper!

chris
 

Nancy

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If you let your octopus crawl around on your hand, you put it in a good position to bite you. It may or may not. It's curious about you and that's one way to find out about you. Also, sometimes it just rubs its beak on your skin.

You can play with your octo, even using your hand, without letting it crawl around on you, if your goal is to avoid being bitten.

Nancy
 

squall7733

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It sounds like it is being more playful to me... I agree I think it would have bitten you already if it was self defense... Honestly I think its a good thing, you have a good octo there , some octos never come out of their den lol, yours wants to crawl up your arm and say hello
 

Mizu

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Mine is the same species and does the same thing
sometimes even coming out of the water to grab me
Its fine Learn2Cephkeep :smile:
was trying to feed ole meatwad the other day and he basicly encased my hand (hes gotten pretty spoolily big ) and hes STRONG beyond expectation
This isnt a fish hes an advanced predator so i give him frozen shrimp when i play with him. that way his beak is occupied while we play just in case.
Mine will ambush me. Layupside down on the reverse side of the waters surface tension and wait for me to open the lid then ALL kinds of hell breaks loose. Even scared the cat a couple of times.
meh
its good just give him the shrimp and let him mess with you and it at the same time.
 
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I have a Briareus, and a Filosus, together in the same tank. The Briareus and I play tug of war all the time, at first it was weird having a slimy arm wrap around my hand and fingers, (which the first time was accidental from hand feeding him) but now if Einstein didn't grab my hand I would think something was wrong. Last time a was feeding him a shrimp he took it threw it in his den and left it there so he could come play. If I could take him out of the tank and snuggle with him I would I love my Octopuses.
 

Nancy

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Welcome to TONMO.com, skydivemcbane! :welcome:
If you would give me the name of your other octo (I already have Einstein's), I could add them both to the List of Our Octopuses.
Oh,yes - when did you get them?

It's unusual for two octos to live together in the same tank peacefully. At least you have two different species. How big is the tank?

Lots of people secretly want to take their octopuses out of the tank and snuggle with them! Too bad we can't.

And mizu, that't the first time I've heard someone else mention their octo floating upside down at the surface. My bimac Ollie used to do that when she hunted shore shrimp.

Nancy
 

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