Why does octopus eat themselves? Mother octopuses inflict pain on themselves and even eat themselves due to some chemical changes that occur around the time they lay their eggs, according to the new study, published in the journal Current Biology.
Why do octopuses eat their own arms? Octopuses can sometimes suffer from autophagy, or self-cannibalism. That is what is described as “eating its own arms.” This is caused by stress. A stressed animal is not a healthy animal and is open to infection. It is believed that it is caused by a virus/bacteria which can manage to take hold on a stressed octopus.
Do octopuses eat their own limbs? They eat their arms when bored
Some even turn to a disturbing behavior known as autophagy, or eating their own appendages, in such non-stimulating environments.
Why octopuses die after mating? After mating, its appears the optic gland really does secrete more sex hormones, insulin-like hormones, and precursors of cholesterol. All three of these molecules could ultimately contribute to signaling systems that trigger death.