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Oriental small-clawed otter

Scientific name :
Aonyx cinerea
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The oriental small-clawed otter is an aquatic mammal covered in thick waterproof fur. Most otters swim at the surface of the water with their head in the air and only dive to feed. Some otter species are highly sociable and form close-knit social groups or may be faithful to their partner. Others are mostly solitary and only seek the company of fellow otters during the breeding period. Regardless of the species, however, females are often accompanied by their offspring.


Geographic distribution of the oriental small-clawed otter

Oriental small-clawed otters are found in the coastal regions from southern India to the Malay peninsula and southern China.


Adaptation to the aquatic environment

Otters are perfectly adapted to their aquatic environment. The oriental small-clawed otter’s fur coat is made waterproof by an oil in which they cover themselves constantly. Their pupils adapt to seeing underwater, and when they dive their nostrils and ears close, they hold their breath, their oxygen requirements decrease, and their heartbeat slows. They don’t usually dive for more than 30 seconds, but otters can remain underwater much longer (up to 8 minutes!).

Did you know?

Of the 13 otter species found on Earth, the oriental small-clawed otter is the smallest (just 80 cm long) and the giant otter is the largest (up to 3 m).
Lakes, swamps and rivers.
Length: 70 to 80 cm
Weight: 4 to 5 kg.
Small animals, eggs, fish and insects.
Longevity: 10 to 15 years.
Gestation: 6 to 7 weeks
Young: 2 to 5

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered