[Octopus]: Sylvester

meekerz

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I added two Nassarius snails yesterday. Sylvester promptly ate one, and I found the empty shell of the second one this morning. I'm now inclined to think this is a favorite munchy (rather than stress eating) as all the other snails and clams are all still alive and well.
 

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Sylvester died today :frown:

A freak accident I think. He got stuck in/under the pot he uses as a den. He likes digging a lot, and I'm assuming he was digging around, and the sand may have shifted and collapsed the pot and rocks around it. He was still extremely active Monday, but was missing Tuesday. He tended to have one or two days in hiding, so I didn't think too much of it. When he didn't come out for breakfast today, we knew something was wrong :frown: What a horrible end to such an amazing guy.
 

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28cm from top of mantle to longest arm.
 

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:frown: Cause of death is always difficult to determine when an octopus is still eating regularly. Sometimes senescence is clear for several heart wrenching weeks and sometimes symptoms are not obvious but there seems to be no other explanation. It would be very unusual for a healthy animal to become trapped but we have a few reports where this is the suspected cause of death.
 

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My other theory is stress from the water change. We did a water change last weekend, and he hates that. But he still ate those snails (and deposited the shell right smack in the middle of the tank again) after the water change, so I'm thinking it couldn't have been that bad.
 

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