Fish, frogs, crawfish, mollusks, other invertebrates, and small mammals
10 - 30 pounds
Head to Tail
2.5 - 5 ft
60 - 63 days
Avg. 2 - 3 pups
Their favorite activity is body-sledding down a muddy or snowy slope and plunging into the water with a belly-flop. Their playful behavior strengthens social bonds and practices hunting techniques.
River otters have a streamlined body, webbed feet, powerful tail, and water repellent fur, which make them specially adapted to life in water.
Otters have an accelerated metabolism that gives them seemingly endless energy, but it also means that they must hunt and feed frequently.
Although gestation takes only 60 - 63 days, the total period of pregnancy can vary from 245 - 380 days.
Pups nurse for three to four months, and begin to swim two months after birth.
Although the North American river otter is not an endangered species, its population has been severely reduced or eliminated from much of its range. Otters face threats from water pollution and habitat destruction.
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