North American River Otter

Animal Details

Common Name
North American River Otter
Scientific Name
Lontra canadensis
Least Concern
Geographic Range
Found in all states and territories of the United States and Canada
Life Span
8 - 9 Years
1 - 6 Pups

Meet The Animal

River otters are mammals seen on land and in the water, Often found living along rivers but also near lakes and swamps. They have webbed feet that help them swim through the water with the help of their tail that helps guide them in the right direction. Their fur is a durable, water-repellent coat to help them swim in colder temperatures.

Their Behavior

Otters do most of their hunting in rivers and lakes. They are able to see fairly well underwater but they also use their whiskers to help hunt for food. Their whiskers can sense vibrations of fish movement, so they are able to tell where the fish are in the water. They also can hold their breath for up to 8 minutes underwater helping them chase their prey.

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