American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) -
North America, Canada and Alaska. The Otter is found in lakes,
rivers and streams. They are extremely well adapted for swimming
with webbed feet and thick, oily fur. The diet consists mostly of
fresh water fish, crustaceans, frogs and reptiles.
Asian Small clawed Otter (Aonyx cinerea) -
Southern India, Southern China, Southern Asia, Indonesia and the
Philippines. They are the smallest otters in the world.
These freshwater otters spend a lot of time on land as well as
water. The small-clawed Otter is dark brown and has a white
patch on the throat. The length of the body is 16 to 24 inchesand
then another 10 to 12 inches for the tail. They playful nature and
enjoy sliding down a muddy bank.
Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) - North Pacific -
along the California coast from Half Moon Bay to Coal Oil Point near Santa
Barbara. The Sea Otter lives where the kelp is plentiful in
water as cold as 35 to 60 degrees. They mate, give birth, groom,
play, rest and sleep almost completely in the water. The Sea
Otters lounge on their backs in the water and on kelp beds. They
are the smallest marine mammal. Their diet includes clams,
abalone, mussels, crabs and sea urchins. They use their tail as a
The grooming of the Sea Otter is very
important. The Otter has very thick fur. They rely on an
insulating layer of air to keep them warm and keep the water from the
undercoat of their skin. By grooming, they lift the layers of fur
to allow this insulating
to take place.