The first octopus to venture onto land and become adapted to live both in the water and on the shore. It is a formidable predator measuring up to 3m in length, using its arms to grab passing prey and a highly poisonous bite to quickly subdue its catch.
Living in the Bengal Swamp, the swampus has adapted to living on land. Four of its original arms have become weight bearing pads with which it can move over land, functioning in the same way as a snails foot. By stimulating sacs of pigment in its skin it can change in colour to match its surroundings. The knobbly surface and serrated edges of its arms mean that it can lose itself in the tangle of vegetation.
It can survive out of the water for 4 days at a time by using the finite stores of oxygen in its tissues and blood. Once these reserves are used up it must return to the swamp water to replenish.
Swapuses are highly social creatures and communicate by a complex system using touch and chemical signals.
The swampus is a formidable predator measuring up to 3m in length, using its arms to grab passing prey and a highly poisonous bite to quickly subdue its catch.
Female swampuses lay their eggs in pools of water that form on the middle of lily plants, returning to the same plant every year. The females live in groups and when the mother has to return to the water to breathe the others take turns to guard her offspring.
Fact: Drags itself along with four long tentacles while lying on four others; lays its eggs in freshwater pools in lily plants.