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Asian short-clawed Otter


Asian short-clawed Otter
Habitat

Lives in mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands of Bangladesh, Burma, India, southern China, Taiwan, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. They prefer shallow water with a good food supply and moderate to low bankside vegetation.

Wild Diet

Their preferred food is crustaceans and molluscs. They also feed on insects and small fish, rodents and snakes.

Behaviour

The Asian small-clawed otter lives in extended family groups with only the alpha pair breeding. The offspring from previous years help to raise the young.

Breeding

Asian short clawed otters form monogamous pairs for life. The pairs can have two litters of one to six young per year and the gestation period is about 60 days. The new born pups are relatively under developed when they are born, they weigh around 50 grams, are toothless, practically immobile and their eyes are closed. They remain in their birthing dens and spend their first few weeks nursing and sleeping.

Threats

Habitat loss, pollution and hunting.

Conservation

Threatened

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Aonyx cinerea
  • IUCN status: Vulnerable
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