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European Otter

(engl: European Otter)

Water is their element

Otters mainly hunt in water. Sensitive whiskers on their muzzle help them find their prey. Otters can dive for up to eight minutes. Their webbed fingers and toes make them fast swimmers.

Where do otters live?

Otters live right on the water's edge. They mark their waterside territory, which is up to 20km long, with faeces and scent marks. They build their den on waterside embankments. The entrance is under the water’s surface. Their living quarters are located above the flood line and are complete with ventilation shafts.

Europäischer Fischotter, Foto: Joachim Ultsch
Verbreitungsgebiet: Europäischer Fischotter
Verbreitungsgebiet: Europäischer Fischotter
Scientific Surname Lutra lutra
Order Predators
Family Marten
Size Head-till-trunk till 70 cm
Weight till 8 kg
Reproduction gestation period 62 days, but by a pregnancy break is a period of 9 month possible, 2-4 subadults
Distribution Eurasia
Habitat waters
Food Fish, Crabs, Mussel, frogs, Little rodents
Livestock regionally at high risk