• TONMOCON VII Announced | MBL at Woods Hole | Apr 6-8, 2018
  • Thanks for visiting! TONMO is the world's greatest online cephalopod enthusiast community, with interactive content going back to May of 2000, and a biennial conference. If you'd like to join in on the fun, become a TONMO member -- it's easy and free. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more cephy goodness.


octo bite

rc

GPO
Registered
Joined
Sep 30, 2003
Messages
145
#1
i was planning on getting a bimac but i baught an octo at an lfs and it turned out to be a briareus, it eats like crazy and is pretty agressive at trying to take the feeder stick away from me, ive been wanting to let it climb on me but im not sure if it will bite me?
does anybody know if this species has a painfull or detromental bite?
currently its about 12" across with its arms spread out
 

Colin

TONMO Supporter
Supporter
Joined
Nov 14, 2002
Messages
3,986
#2
Chances are it will bite.
Its more of an exploration than anything aggresive but it will hurt to an extent.

At best it will feel like a scratch or a nip but at worst a bee sting
 

rc

GPO
Registered
Joined
Sep 30, 2003
Messages
145
#3
that doesnt sound bad, i could handle a bee sting, the only thing that had me concerned is the digestive fluid/venom they inject upon biting, other than an alergic reaction, is this something i should be concerned about?
 

Nancy

Titanites
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Nov 20, 2002
Messages
5,645
Location
Dallas Texas
#4
That's the bee-sting part of getting bitten. Sometimes people feel a little numbness for a few minutes, too.

I have never been bitten, but my husband was bitten twice by an Ollie who was bigger than your briarius. (Twice, because he didn't move his hand after the first bite.) Ollie was just curious,and she never bit either of us again.

Looking back, I think I'd try to make this kind of contact with my octo as early as possible - the smaller, the better!

Nancy
 

rc

GPO
Registered
Joined
Sep 30, 2003
Messages
145
#5
thats part of the reason i was gonna get a baby bimac, i figured i could get it used to my hand while it was small, then i could handle it as it got bigger, but i saw this octo at a lfs and it looked very cool, i couldnt resist getting it, and im glad i did it is very cool, in a short time i have been able to get it to be pretty active on and off throughout the day, but next time i will definately order a captive bred baby bimac, probably from fishsupply
 

Members online

No members online now.