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When your octopus grabs you...

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So, Squishy has gotten a good amount larger in the past 2 months. He went through a growth spurt right when I started feeding him fiddlers rather than hermits.

Now that he's larger, hes out about the tank a lot more. Previously he would hide in his den all day. Now he's out and roaming the tank for the majority of the day.

He's taken to grabbing me when I have my hand in the tank. I hand feed him small clams (though he hunts for any live food). He'll grab me when trying to get the clam. The first few times I yanked my hand out, as it was a very odd sensation. Now I let him grab me a bit, though he tries to pull my hand into the tank. A few times he's grabbed me with 3 arms, which is tough to get free from.

So, when your octopus grabs you, what do you do? Have you let your octopus grab your whole hand? It's neat to see what he feels like, though I'm not keen on him trying to bite me...
 
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Well based on what marine biologists have done...letting an octopus grab you is awesome, lol. In general there's no method of what you "should do" when they grab you because its not harmful one bit and octopuses don't typically bite because their beaks arent a weapon unlike the squid. However, if you talking getting yourself free from the grab...then they say touching their mantle is one way because their most protective of their mantle (body)...people usually mistake this part of their body with being a "head." Otherwise have fun with it and of course having an octopus hold on to you just shows that they have gained ultimate trust in you as the pet owner and want to know you better through curiosity.

By the way, how big is your octopus at the moment? Its my dream to own one that at least has a 2 foot arm length...O. Vulgarus. For me, I love bigger octopuses.
 
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Squishy is probably 10-12 inces armtip to armtip. His mantle is about the size of a golf ball.

I almost feel sorry for the guy on the forum that previously posted his octo was so boring, and that he wanted to try cuttles because his octo hid all the time. Mine used to hide the majority of the day. But for the past few weeks, he's now decided he is king of his castle, and roams about the tank all day long. Sure, he'll hide in his den if he sees sudden movement, but I poke my head down there and he pops out.

I also 'taught' him that tapping on the glass means come on out. Yes, I know, they always teach you don't tap on the glass. But, I have 9 nieces and newphews that I knew would be tapping on it, screaming 'come out little octopus!'. So, I would tap on the glass a bit before I fed him. Now, as soon as I tap onthe glass he comes out running looking to see what treat I've brought him.

I'll see if I can get some pics posted soon.
 

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lockburn said:
Squishy is probably 10-12 inces armtip to armtip. His mantle is about the size of a golf ball.

I almost feel sorry for the guy on the forum that previously posted his octo was so boring, and that he wanted to try cuttles because his octo hid all the time. Mine used to hide the majority of the day. But for the past few weeks, he's now decided he is king of his castle, and roams about the tank all day long. Sure, he'll hide in his den if he sees sudden movement, but I poke my head down there and he pops out.

I also 'taught' him that tapping on the glass means come on out. Yes, I know, they always teach you don't tap on the glass. But, I have 9 nieces and newphews that I knew would be tapping on it, screaming 'come out little octopus!'. So, I would tap on the glass a bit before I fed him. Now, as soon as I tap onthe glass he comes out running looking to see what treat I've brought him.

I'll see if I can get some pics posted soon.

Would it be possible for you to make a video of you doing this tapping aswell? :smile:
 

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I almost feel sorry for the guy on the forum that previously posted his octo was so boring, and that he wanted to try cuttles because his octo hid all the time.

You have done it the right way with patience and in the understanding of what you are doing and have obviously made the octopus feel secure. Even sourcing the fiddlers is a major difference in being able to bring them round.
 
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Colin said:
I almost feel sorry for the guy on the forum that previously posted his octo was so boring, and that he wanted to try cuttles because his octo hid all the time.

You have done it the right way with patience and in the understanding of what you are doing and have obviously made the octopus feel secure. Even sourcing the fiddlers is a major difference in being able to bring them round.

Yea, I totally agree too. I just feel terribly bad about the people who come on this forum who aren't educated one bit about cephalopods...and already wanna own one in like, a week. They get one, and the animal dies because of mis-understanding. I also hate it when members dont feel like learning or compromising and still wanna own a cephalopod. Their's no short cuts to keeping them. You need patience, and a thorough understanding of their biology and captivity keeping. That's the safest road.
 
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i have a question.

kash was kindof agressive towards me and gave the im gonna kill you stance alot so i was kindof hesitant about letting him get a hold of me. the few times he did get me he would try to pull me into his shell and wouldnt let go. now heres the delema... im allergic to shellfish(including octos yeah im crazy huh?). so the next octo im getting is a briarieus. should i worry about him biting me and injecting venom seeing that im highly allergic to the feller i would think that it would be ten times worse to be injected by venom from one
 
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no not to touching me but for example if a shrimps horn sticks me in the tip of my finger it will first itch then swell slightly and then kindof burn and go numb... so im just curiuos as to what would happen if bitten and injected by venom from a shellfish
 
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basically the juices from the animal have to go into my bloodstream for the most part. i cant eat them or inhale steam from cooking shellfish either
 

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