CZAAWE Resource Article

Interspecific Evaluation of Octopus Escape Behavior
Publication Type 
Journal Article
Year of publication 
2004
Authors 
Publication/Journal 
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Abstract 
The well-known ability of octopuses to escape enclosures is a behavior that can be fatal and, therefore, is an animal welfare issue. This study obtained survey data from 38 participants-primarily scientists and public aquarists who work with octopuses-on 25 described species of octopus. The study demonstrates that the likeliness to escape is species specific (p =.001). The study gives husbandry techniques to keep captive octopuses contained. This first interspecific study of octopus escape behavior allows readers to make informed species-specific husbandry choices.