- Dec 18, 2009
Has anyone here kept one male and one female bandensis together? I've noticed changes in the behavior of my pair since I've taken out the other male which was dealing with the aggression of my dominant male. They pair seem to spend a majority of their time in close contact with each other. I'm not talking about the pestering behavior when the male initiates mating but a kind of constant companionship. They are never more than a few inches from each other and this has been going on for weeks. There isn't any aggression and the female will often settle on the male for extended periods of time (over 30 minutes) and actually appears to be stroking his mantle. Yeah, I know it sounds strange but thats what I'm seeing. Has anything like this been documented like in the wild? Do they normally pair up like this barring any intrusion by other males? I've seen the insanity that happens when giant cuttles gather for breeding and this is completely different.