Handfeeding/playing with your octo

Mikewise

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Octopus Prime has appeared trusting and interested in feeling my fingers since very early on. I initially offered food via feeding stick, which he readily accepted, and when i offer food by hand, he often seems more interested in my hand than the contents, which made me pretty nervous at first!

When he is perched on a rock, i can slowly approach with my hand and wiggle my fingers a few inches from him. if he wants to play he will reach out with an arm and grab on. When he is done, he usually swims away. He seems more interested in playing like this when he is sitting in a stationary place, rather than when he is out exploring the tank far away from his den (understandable).

as for the feeding stick, i used a bamboo skewer to offer frozen shrimp. now that i feed fiddler crabs, i either offer them by hand (which he doesnt seem to mind) or drop next to him to watch him pounce on it (which is amazing).
 

SandV

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Last night Rigby decided (not unusual for him) that he want to grab me rather than his dinner... and he WOULDN'T let go... he just kept lifting up his shell pulling on my hand.... it was pretty funny... he is so strong... he he wasn't in a movable object (like attached to a base rock) I think I would be very nervous... but as it is he just moves he his shell up and down and turns it pulling on me... sometimes i just drop his food from the top of his tank down to his den.. which was my plan last night but the piece of salmon I was trying to feed him floated instead of sinking down like I wanted it too...

oh and when i finally got away he just pouted and shot away his dinner a few times until I convenced him this was the only dinner he was getting tonight....
 

Jean

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dreadhead;110809 said:
Right on.I have to get my stick back,Olorin took it from me and its still in the tank.

:lol: we had one who loved the "helping hand" we use (a stainless steel gadget usually for people who have difficulty bending, so they can pick up stuff from the floor). he would grab it and fondle it, anyway one day I lost the tug of war and he got it, so I decided to leave it in the tank and retrieve it when he got bored. I that only to discover he'd bitten right through the steel shaft and it was in two pieces :shock: Makes me REALLY careful about where I put my hands!!!!

j
 

Jean

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Octavarium;111105 said:
What size is your octo Jean?!

They're usually between 1 & 3 m arm spread. Harry, who ate the helping hand was 2.5m when we let him go. I should note here that I work in a public aquarium when I'm not tormenting students as I am at the moment :twisted: We keep Pinnoctopus cordiformis I simply don't have time to keep octopus at home :biggrin2:

J
 

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