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Octopus Care 101
Critter File
Posted: July 01, 2024
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    Octopuses can be smart, friendly pets—but they take work. (AP/Roland Weihrauch)
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    Octopuses are smart—some even play with toys! (AP/Roberto Pfeil)
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    Don’t touch the blue-ringed octopus! It’s venomous! (Pixabay)
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    Inky the octopus escaped his enclosure in New Zealand and swam to sea. (The National Aquarium of New Zealand via AP)
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    Baby octopuses start small, but they live their whole lives in about a year. (Ashley Pugh/National Park Service via AP)
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Caring for an octopus isn’t easy.

“There’s always some valve or seal that’s not completely closed,” says Mr. Clifford. “And your storm resistant carpet isn’t rated for gallons and gallons of seawater. You’ll learn that seawater and electricity don’t always get along.”

Add to that: Octopuses are notorious (infamous) escape artists! They can squeeze through tiny openings. In 2016, an octopus named Inky escaped the National Aquarium of New Zealand. It slipped through a gap in a tank cover and down a drain. Then it swam to sea. (See Inky Escape.)

Plus, octopuses need to eat. They’re carnivores. For an ocean-dweller, that means seafood—and lots of it. Octopuses eat daily. They’ll gobble up almost any smaller sea creature: crabs, clams, shrimp, and even other octopuses. Gross! They might accept frozen shrimp, but many crave live food. The cost of this seafood buffet adds up quickly.

This diet also makes them bad tankmates. They tend to eat their neighbors. Picking other fish to share the aquarium? Choose carefully—before your octopus chews carefully.

And some species are dangerous. For example, the blue-ringed octopus has a venomous bite. One nibble can kill.

But octopuses can be smart and friendly. Some will eat out of your hand! (Not the blue-ringed octopus. Bad idea.) Some octopuses even learn to open jars. Sadly, octopuses aren’t known for their longevity. Most live for about a year.

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