Characteristics of the European otter
Scientific name: Lutra lutra
Common name: European Otter
English: European Otter
French: Loutre d'Europe
Italian: European Lontra
- Weight: Between 5 and 12 kg
- Length: 1 to 1.4 m.
- Longevity: 10 years. In captivity more than 15 years.
- Habitat: Very varied: rivers, swamps, lakes.
- Distribution: Europe, North Africa, Asia.
- Food: Carnivorous (especially fish, amphibians, waterfowl, mammals
water rats, crabs, snakes, etc..).
More features of the otter
On her appearance:
The otter has a brown coat, exept the belly area and the area of the neck
that is clearer.
The fur of the otter, dense and insulating the water, is an adaptation of
this aquatic mammal to water.
On their behavior:
The otter is crepuscular and nocturnal and spend the day sleeping while
hunting at sunset.
The otter hunt their prey from below as well as the surprising
approaches them for their blind field of vision and prey can not see the
On his power:
The vibrissae (whiskers) of otters serve these mammals are able to catch
fish in muddy waters.
Otter dentition consists of a total of 36 teeth and are adapted to a
carnivorous diet based on fish and other aquatic animals.
Each otter has a hunting individual, the male is superior to female, 15
km and 8 km, respectively.
Males are of size larger than female otters.
The zeal of the otter can be given throughout the year, when the female
is in heat becomes more reckless and less nocturnal habits acquired
The otter gestation lasts 63 days or so.
About their usefulness:
In Asia, the otters are used to catch fish.
The presence of otters can use it as indicative of the degree of purity of
the waters of a river, because when the waters begin to degrade the
abandoned otter moving to cleaner water points.