North American River Otter

Lontra canadensis

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North American river otters are extremely playful, although males and females only come together to mate. Their presence is made known by snowslides or mudslides on riverbanks. In addition, families of otters, consisting of a female with her offspring, often frolic in the water during the day. These playful activities usually serve a purpose, such as to strengthen social bonds, to practice hunting techniques, and to scent mark. 

Diving up to 50 feet and remaining under water for up to 8 minutes at a time, this river otter is adept at swimming. 


Slow-moving fish, shellfish, turtles, frogs, mice, birds, and eggs
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