A live octopus can be bought both in aquarium stores and ordered online to be delivered through the mail. Depending on whether you are hobbyist or a scientist, you can buy an octopus from various suppliers. Certain sellers only carry certain species of octopus, as well.
It is important to research the species of octopus you would like in order to determine which retailer to purchase through. Often, smaller octopuses cost less and are less expensive to ship, since many mail-order shops price their octopuses based on size. Try searching online for mail-order stores or for aquarium stores that are local to you.Learn More
The common octopus, the most widely researched octopus species, reaches up to approximately 39 inches in length and weighs as much as 25 pounds, according to Arkive. Other species are significantly different in size, ranging from about half an inch (octopus wolfi) to more than 14 feet (Pacific octopus).Full Answer >
An octopus' coloration depends upon its surroundings. An octopus possesses the ability to alter its coloration depending on its immediate environment. This defensive technique protects the animal from predators and entices prey to come close to the animal.Full Answer >
Female octopuses reproduce by first fertilizing their eggs with the sperm from a male and then depositing and caring for her eggs. The young octopuses, however, must care for themselves. They must secure food and avoid predators in order to grow, mature and eventually reproduce themselves.Full Answer >
Though it breathes through gills, the octopus is not a fish but a cephalopod marine mollusk. Also, unlike a fish, an octopus is an invertebrate, which means it doesn't have a backbone. It also has three hearts.Full Answer >