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.
|Publication Title||Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Author Address||Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Ferry Reach, St. George's GE 01, Bermuda.firstname.lastname@example.org|
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