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North American River Otter

North American River Otter

Animal's Behavior

Entertaining and active, otters are known for their gregarious sociability within their families.

Eating Habits

Fish, crawfish, frogs and snakes


Rivers, ponds

Conservation Efforts

Managed by some agencies in the 1970s due to concern of population decline, thousands of otters were introduced in various states across the country. There continues to be some concern about habitat destruction, pollution and other threats.

Animal Facts

  • The otter is a member of the weasel family.
  • Elsewhere in the world, otters have been trained to catch fish for fishermen.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Lontra Canandensis


Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Carnivora, Mustelidae, Lutrinae

Place of Birth

Throughout North America


30 lbs.




20 years in zoos

Conservation Status

Least Concern

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