Young North American River Otter

July 31, 2017  •  2 Comments

I made a blog post back on July 6th showing a photo of a North American River Otter mother. I have been able to see her and her three young numerous times while visiting the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This young Otter is not so small anymore. It crossed my path to catch up to her Mom. I knew where it was going to cross into an open area and I was ready to get a quick photo.

It is getting difficult to see the Otters this time of year because the vegetation has grown so high. I noticed that they have been traveling through the Upper and Lower Scarborough and crossing the road sometimes into Sally Jones East.

North American River Otter - 062817-8382North American River Otter - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma

North American River Otter Facts

  • The range of the North American river otter has been significantly reduced by habitat loss.
  • River otters are very susceptible to the effects of environmental pollution, which is a likely factor in the continued decline of their numbers.
  • A number of reintroduction projects have been initiated to help stabilize the reduction in the overall population.
  • They have long bodies, and long whiskers that are used to detect prey in dark waters.
  • An average adult male weighs about 25 pounds against the female's average of 18 pounds.
  • About one-third of the animal's total length consists of a long, tapered tail.
  • The right lung of the river otter is larger than the left, having four lobes compared with two for the left. Reduced lobulation of the lungs is presumed to be adaptive for underwater swimming.
  • The otters may leave the den by eight weeks and are capable of sustaining themselves upon the arrival of fall, but they usually stay with their families, which sometimes include the father, until the following spring.
  • Prior to the arrival of the next litter, the otter yearlings venture out in search of their own home ranges.
  • Source: Wikipedia

Comments

Greg Topp(non-registered)
One time,years ago, while deer hunting up here in NW Wisconsin along the Chief River in late November, I came upon a family of Otters playing and sliding on the river ice and then into the water. After a few minutes, I took a seat and watched. After awhile, they knew I was there and I bet I was there a half hour. There was an older Otter with a graying face that was also watching me watch them. After awhile he must have decided that I had seen enough and one by one the Otters quietly disappeared. I will always remember that contact.
Barbara(non-registered)
What a great photo Steve - love river otters - they are among the most delightful of nature\s wild things
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