Our Animals

North American River Otter

River otters are well adapted for life on land and in the water. Like their name suggests, they can be found living along rivers but also near lakes and swamps. Otters have webbed feed and water-repellent fur for swimming.

Water Weapons

Otters 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 detect the proximity of their prey. They can hold their breath for up to 8 minutes under water.

Common Name North American River Otter

Scientific Name Lontra canadensis

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Carnivore

Geographic Range Found in all states and territories of the United States and Canada

Life Span 8 - 9 Years

Offspring 1 - 6 Pups