Coastal parts of Asia and inland waterways too (Can be referred to as the Malaysian Otter)
Male (dog) / Female (female dog or bitch)
Around 12 - 15 years, however, it is thought in captivity can live to 20+ years
There are 13 species around the world and many of them, just like the Asian shot clawed Otter, are endangered through habitat destruction and also due to hunting as they are sought after for medicinal purposes
The Asian short clawed otter is the smallest of all otter species, weighing up to 5.5 kg.
The Otter belongs to the same family as badgers, weasels and stoats. If you were to look at them all together you would see the similarities.
Pregnancy for an otter lasts for roughly 9 weeks, usually ending with a litter of 4-5 pups born.
The Asian Short Clawed Otter, as the name suggests, has extremely tough claws which rarely extend past the end of the paw and are used for digging in the mud and foraging for food.
Otters have very sharp teeth and with these eat mainly fish and shellfish, such as crabs, from the river bed and also small mammals.
They build nests alongside Paddy Fields during the rice growing season and dig small channels by which they wait for unsuspecting fish to swim past, and grab them!
Our 2 otters at the farm will stay together for life.