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no not at all but he stopped eating.....i'm almost positive i saw eggs with her last week but i think she ate them.....could she just be stressed? she was very active this morning and played with my hand.
She is at the end of her life. Autophagy (an octo eating itself) is very common in senescent octopuses. Egg laying, and constant hiding are other signs of the last couple weeks of an octopuses life, as is refusal of food.
It really depends on the octo. Some can take 1 week after showing the first signs of senescence and some will take up to 6-8 weeks, though that long is uncommon. Refusal to eat is usually one of the final steps. If your octo does not eat anymore I wouldn't expect her to last longer than a week, but if she does you might have a couple more weeks with her.
the last time she ate was about a week and a half ago and she stayed in her den and never came out until today. and today she was very active and playful. based on that description abut how long does she have to live?
FK can you check (after the sad event) exactly Where she bit off her arms? If she bit them off very close to the buccal tissue (the mouth) there is a very good chance she has autophagy disease. It's nothing you did wrong if this is the case, (not that I think you did anything wrong anyway) but it is HIGHLY contagious and you will need to start again and sterilise the tank and equipment (contact me if this is the case and I'll tell you what to do).
If she has stumps then is it simply old age (sad but not so nasty) and your tank will be fine.
from what i saw when she last came out she bit off the tips of about 3 of her arms and the rest were really corkscrewed. and she also had a twitch sort of thing. and one of her arms looked liked it was completely dead and was pale.