Habitat: Shores of rivers, marshes and bays
Range: North America
Slip Slidin' Away
The streamlines form and webbed feet combined with the thick, tapered and muscular tail lends for speedy swimming. Otters mostly forage in the water, but are comfortable traveling on land as well. One fascinating method of catching prey involves swimming in circles, which creates a whirlpool that brings up fish and crustaceans.
Why We Otter Save Them
The North American River Otter, like most other species, are threatened primarily by fur trapping, as well as habitat destruction, over fishing and water pollution. Zoos and conservation centers continue to work tirelessly to save these amazing animals.
Did you know North American River Otters...
. can reach maximum speeds up to 18 mph while running?
. is both a social and vocal animal, communicating with whistles, twitters, and chirps?
. males can locate a female in estrous (heat) from over 5 miles away?