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.
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
Status Least Concern
Geographic Range Found in all states and territories of the United States and Canada
Life Span 8 - 9 Years
Offspring 1 - 6 Pups