Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by dsharfin, Jun 14, 2009.
How can I tell if my octopus is sick?
Doesn't eat, twisting arms, autophagy, loss of skin texture, dull colors, fever, catches prey and releases in uneaten, etc.
O.K., just checking to see how carefully people read this stuff!
Not that I'm laughing at your sick octo, just at Roy's inserting "fever" into his otherwise-accurate info.
How high a fever?
Is his forehead clammy?
You'd be surprised at how closely we read your posts!
I certainly did a double take and started laughing out loud! Then I started to allow the thought to go into query mode. Are octopuses warm-blooded (in which case it there would be a possibilty of fever or elevated temperature with infection - not that it would be possible to check it for the home aquarist - but the extended thought was interesting). When I posed the question before I think Monty mentioned that we are unaware of a temperature regulating component so it is assumed not.
To my knowledge, octopuses are poikilothermic.
Always the educator
For others of less than a stellar biology vocabulary:
Poikilotherm - The term is used as a more exact description of the vernacular "cold-blooded".
... and I was just getting close to remembering and spelling crepsecular
My additional discovery for the day for anyone who is not yet aware of accellerators in version 8 of IE (don't know about FireFox):
There is a very nice new feature that allows a quick definition popup (you have choices for the supplier) when a word is highlighted. I am still investigating other uses but, unfortunately, a similar spell check for text boxes (places where you enter text is not yet part of the new feature.
Separate names with a comma.