Otter: Carnivorous and excellent swimmer

Data and main features:

- Name: Otter is a generic name, popularly used to refer to various species of mammalian animals of the Lutrinae subfamily.

- There are 13 species of otters. The best known are: European otter (Fight fight), giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), Eastern Dwarf Otter (Amblonyx cinereus) and sea otter (Enhydra lutris).

- They are carnivorous animals.

- Its main physical characteristics: have elongated body, brown coat and also elongated skull.

- An adult otter measures between 55 cm and 115 cm (including tail).

- The weight of an otter is between 35 and 40 pounds.

- The habitat of the otters is the rivers and riparian forests (vegetation near the rivers).

- They feed mainly on fish, reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans.

- They have large capacity for swimming.

- Otters are found in Brazil, Africa, Asia, Europe and various countries of America.

- Otter gestation is 2 months. In each pregnancy, on average, between 2 and 5 pups are born.

Risk of extinction:

- Several species of otters are at risk of extinction. The main causes are the predatory hunting of the animal, for the commercialization of the skin, and the degradation of rivers and riparian forests.
Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Philo: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Placentalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mustelidae
Subfamily: Lutrinae
Biological Curiosities:

- The giant otter is an animal in the Mustelidae family, as are otters.

- Otters have two layers of coat. The outer one is waterproof while the inner one acts as a thermal insulator.