The wily American River Otter doesn’t just live in rivers. He is quite at home in swamps, lakes, rivers or estuaries. These relatives of weasels are exceptionally playful and agile in the water – somewhat less agile on land. They absolutely love to splash and play around; if there is a hill by the water, they enjoy sliding down icy/muddy banks to splash into the water below. Moms and babies can be seen frolicking like this most of the time, though dads and bachelors don’t really go in for that sort of thing. Pity. I would, if I were an otter.
In the wild, they average between 11 and 30 lbs, and they live about 8-9 years. Their semi-aquatic nature means that their home is near the water, usually partly submerged, with a burrow that has multiple entry points. But if I can offer one more bit of advice – you otter know better than to pass up this little guy.
Now that you know a few fun facts about the American River Otter, give this animal video quiz a try.
The questions are…
American River Otters are related to which other animal?
American River Otters can hold their breath underwater for up to……
American River Otters can close their ears and nostrils?
Amazing little critters they are! But, the probably do not make great pets. So, we have what every otter lover needs…a otter stuffed animal. That way you will not need to worry about having a bunch of soggy otters leaving muddy footprints all around the house.