North American River Otters
Sleek swimmers playfully propel themselves through waves of water
The first thing you’ll notice about otters is how fun they are to watch. Zooming through the water with powerful tails and webbed feet, they can reach speeds of 13 kilometres an hour and hold their breath for up to eight minutes. As acrobatic as they are in the water, river otters are also comfortable on land, making their homes in burrows on the water’s edge.
- IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (at relatively low risk of extinction)
- Type: Mammal
- Habitat: Streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, and marshes across North America
- Diet: Carnivore – fish, frogs, and bird eggs
- Size: 21.75 to 31.5 inches tall, plus an 11.75- to 19.75- inch long tail
- Weight: 11 to 30 pounds
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Fun Facts about North American River Otters
Their nostrils and ears can close to keep water out.
When otters are two months old, their mother pushes them into the water so they can learn to swim.
In winter, these otters use ice holes to surface and breathe
River otters hunt at night.
Otters have water repellant fur.
They can dive up to 60 feet.
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