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Common Name: River Otter




Scientific Name:
Lutra canadensis  

Along streams and lakes.

Carnivorous—fish and crayfish taken most often. Additional foods include salamanders, snakes, aquatic invertebrates, snails, and muskrats.

Interesting Facts:
This animal is well adapted for aquatic life with a streamlined body, thick coat and oily underfur, webbed feet, a muscular, rudder-like tail, ears and nose that can be closed when submerged, and strategic placement of the eyes.

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