AMERICAN RIVER OTTER
(Lontra canadensis)

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Otter Pool Zone - Slimbridge
The American River Otters are found in the Otter Pool Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
North America
Breeding Habitat - North America
Marine coasts in all states and territories of the United States and Canada.

Conservation Status


River Otters are very playful animals and can very often be seen playing games. Social groups are typically made up of adult females and their pups. However, there are also groups of individual males. River otters are most active at night.

The River Otter will only settle in a location with sufficient coverage, usually vegetation or physical structures, such as rock piles.

The River Otter builds a burrow close to the water's edge, which typically has many tunnel openings one of which generally allows the Otter to enter and exit the water.

Size
Male: 1120mm (3ft 8in)
Female: 975mm (3ft 2in).

Weight
5 to 14 kg (11 to 30 lbs).

Lifespan
In the Wild: Up to 14 years
In Captivity: 20 to 25 years.

Habitat
Streams, Lakes, Reservoirs, Wetlands and along marine coasts of the United States and Canada.

Diet
They primarily eat Fish, though they will also eat Crustaceans, Mollusks, Insects, Birds, Oysters, Shellfish, Crabs, Crayfish, Frogs, Rodents, Turtles and Aquatic Invertebrates.

Breeding Time
December to April

Gestation
60 to 63 days.

Litter
1 to 6 pups.

Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
Bronze Winged Duck (Speculanas Specularis)
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AMERICAN RIVER OTTER
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North American River Otter
©Nigel Key North American River Otter (Slimbridge May 2016)


There are three North American River Otters at WWT Slimbridge, namely Mother Flo, and twins Minnie and Ha Ha.

They have been part of the 'Back from the Brink' wetland area since the summer of 2009.

To get the most out of the experience of meeting the Otters, make sure you visit them during one of the daily commentated feeding sessions.


Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Otter Pool Zone - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/
Red-Crowned Crane - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/
Garganey - www.slim-bridge.co.uk/