This is my Asian Small-Clawed Otter fact sheet!


ANIMAL: Asian Small-Clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea
Type of Animal: Mustelid
Habitat: Freshwater and brackish (mix of fresh & salt water) habitats: Streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, tide pools, estuaries, swamps, mangroves, rice fields, creeks, marshes, coastal areas, swamp forest, mangrove forest, reservoirs, canals, and drainage ditches. Can be found in tropical, subtropical, and sub-montane areas.
Location(s): S.E Asia, S. China, Phillipines, S. India, Indonesia
Appearance: Smallest otter species, brown fur with whitish neck, webbed paws, whisker on muzzle, short sharp teeth.
Food/Diet: Crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, snails, mussels, shellfish, insects, rodents, snakes, crayfish, eggs.
Status in Wild: Threatened
Conservation: Breeding in zoos and aquariums
Lifestyle: Family groups consist of a monogamous pair and up to 2 litters of offspring, each litter with around 6 pups.
Additional Info:
Males: Females: Young: Group:
Called: Dog Bitch Pup Romp
Weight: 2.2-11 lbs Same 4.48-4.96 oz Gestation:Life Span: 2 months
Height: N/A N/A
Body Length: 3 ft Same 10-15 years in wild, 20 years in captivity
Tail Length: 0.83-1.16 ft Same
Main predators are snakes, crocodiles, hawks, tigers, leopards, fishing cats, domestic cats, wildcats, domestic dogs, and bears.
Threatened due to habitat loss, pollution, hunting for fur, agriculture, and encroachment.
Family groups will mob attack at predators.
More terrestrial than other otters.
Groups mark territory with scents and scratches.
Have a vocabulary of up to 12 calls.
Pups leave family group when one of parents dies.
These animals are very active and playful.
Pups don’t open eyes until 40 days after birth.
They can be quite noisy, often chirping.
Fun Fact(s): Fishermen have used these otters to drive fish into nets.
They can be aggressive if provoked but are usually friendly.
Can dive underwater for up to 6-8 minutes.
Found in Mustelid family with badgers, wolverines, skunks, ferrets, and weasels.

6 responses to this post.

  1. cool! I had no idea this animal existed. It’s fun having a go-to animal expert in the household…

    -your biggest fan


  2. Posted by chichi on May 17, 2010 at 2:36 am



  3. Posted by jared Silver on May 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    their so cute!


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