River Otter

River

Otter

Lontra canadensis

 

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DESCRIPTION

I am the joker of the family. I love to play, frolic in the water, wrestle and even slide in the snow. Come visit me in the winter and see for yourself!
I have lots of energy and I love company.

With a torpedo-shaped body, a thick layer of fat under my pelt, a waterproof coat, a long strong tail, short, webbed paws, and special muscles to close my eyes and nose – I’m perfectly built to move around in the water. Even my heart rate slows down when I dive. I can hold my breath under water for as many as seven minutes!

I build my home along the river’s edge or between the roots of trees. Sometimes I take the easy way and simply take over a den abandoned by a beaver or a muskrat. Whatever the case, there’s always an underwater entrance that leads to a room with a floor covered with leaves and sticks.

Location

River Otter

Caracteristics

dimension

Total Length 90 cm - 1,3 m
Tail Length 30 - 50 cm
Weight 5 - 13,7 kg

Lifespan

Record of 21 years in the wild and 23 years in captivity

Habitat

Lakes, rivers, marshes not ice-covered in winter

Diet

Fish, crayfish, mollusks, frogs, aquatic insects, turtles

Reproduction

1 litter per year; 1 to 6 young
(2 to 3 on average)

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