Asian Small-clawed Otter
Estimated Wild Population
Asian small-clawed otters are covered in gray and brown fur but have lighter coloration on their underside, neck, and face. Large tails complement their slender, almost serpentine build. They have stubby legs and a blunt face. As diurnal animals, these otters hunt prey, including shellfish and crabs, during the day. They form monogamous pairs, producing two litters with as many as six pups each year. Males help build the nest and deliver food to females after they give birth.
Interesting Fact 1
Asian small-clawed otters mark their territory with droppings, which alert other otters to their presence.
Interesting Fact 2
These aquatic mammals can remain under water for up to eight minutes.
Interesting Fact 3
Newborns spend several weeks in the den after birth and often stay with their mother until the next brood comes along.
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