River Otter

River Otter or Lontra Canadensis

Size : They can weigh between 5 and 14 kg.

Habitat : They live around the water and are comfortable on water or land. They establish their dens close to the edge of the water.

Diet : Fish are a favorite but they’ll also eat clams, frogs, turtles and other aquatic animals.

Native/non-native: Native to North America

Status : River Otters are not endangered. Since they are predators at the top of the food chain they are sensitive to water pollution. Within North America their range has been reduced however they are still found in most parts of the Ottawa River watershed.

Fun fact : An adult River Otter can eat 1 to 1.5 kg of fish per day!