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Coconut Octopus

Amphioctopus marginatus

Size – around 3 inches up to 6 inches

Weight – 10oz

Coconut Octopus have dark colored skin and bright white suckers along their arms.

They are one of two octopus that are capable of moving by two limbs, similar to how humans walk.

They are found in the indo-west Pacific Ocean and live in shallow sub-tidal and coastal muddy waters.

They primarily feed on crustaceans such as: crabs, clams, and shrimp.

This Octopus can often be found buried underneath the sand. They use this stealthy behavior as a defense mechanism where only their eyes are uncovered.

They will change the color of their skin to match their surroundings.

They get their name from the way that they use hollowed coconut shells as dens that they find along the coastal seafloor and are found carrying the shell with them as they look for others.

They have a longer lifespan than those of the smaller octopus families living around 3-5 years.

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