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Otter [Pteronura brasiliensis] Facts

Friday, April 28, 2017

Otter [Pteronura brasiliensis] Facts

Otters are mammals with grey long hair. Underneath Otters long hair is shorter hair which serves to keep them dry in the water.

Most of them have webbed feet with claws. There are two types of otters, river otters and sea otters.

Otters are very social animals. A group of otters is called a raft. Otters are also nocturnal animals and hunt at night.

Otter [Pteronura brasiliensis] Facts

Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs. Their most striking anatomical features are the powerful webbed feet used to swim, and their seal-like abilities holding breath underwater.

Where Are Otters Found?

River otters are mainly found in the United States and Canada.  Sea otters live along the coast of the northern Pacific Ocean.

What Do Otters Eat?

Otters eat mostly fish, but also will eat frogs, crayfish and crabs.  Some even eat birds and small mammals when given the opportunity. Otters are carnivorous animals.

Where Do Otters Live?

They live in rivers and seas.

Otter Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Suborder Caniformia
Family Mustelidae
Subfamily Lutrinae
Genus Lutra
Otter Scientific Name Pteronura brasiliensis

Fun Facts About Otters

  • Farmers often do not like to have otters living in rivers near them because they often change the way the rivers flow and therefore sometimes make the gardens get to much water or too little water.

  • Otters are playful animals and appear to engage in various behaviors for sheer enjoyment, such as making waterslides and then sliding on them into the water.

  • Otters have very distinctive poop, and that scat has it's own name.

  • Otters make mud slides on river banks and slide down them like children on regular slides.

  • Otters love to eat shelled animals, like clams, but they did not equipped with the strength to open their food without some help. Otters are big on tools, and will often use rocks to help crack shelled animals.