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Ranging over much of North America, the river otter survives anywhere with access to abundant prey and clean water. With a streamlined body, webbed feet, muscular tail, flexible body, and waterproof fur, otters are designed for swimming in search of fish, crayfish, and other aquatic creatures to eat.

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Did You Know?

Otters are the only aquatic members of the weasel family.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Lutra canadensis

Canada and the United States

Freshwater rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, and coastal waters

3.2 to 3.9 ft

11 years

Zoo Location:
Wolf Woods

Fish, crayfish, ducklings, turtles, and other small animals