| Latin Name
| Conservation Status
||66 - 110 cms (26 - 43 inches)
||32 - 46 cms (12.5 - 18 inches)
||6 - 9 Kgs (13 - 20 lbs)
| Life Expectancy
Up to 23 Yrs (in Captivity)
North American River Otters have a body length between 66 and 110 cms (26 - 43 inches), a tail length between 32 and 46 cms (12.5 - 18 inches) and they weigh between 6 and 9 kgs (13 - 20 lbs).
North American River Otters can be found in Canada and the USA. They inhabit areas with a permanent food supply and easy access to water.
North American River Otters mainly feed on fish, amphibians, turtles, crabs, crayfish and other invertebrates. Occasionally, they will eat birds, small mammals and eggs.
North American River Otters breed once a year and after a gestation period of 2 months females give birth to 2 - 3 youngsters.
They are weaned at around 3 months old and they become independent between 6 and 12 months old. They reach sexual maturity at 2 - 3 years of age.
Predators of North American River Otters include bobcats, coyotes, birds of prey and american alligators.
Subspecies of the North American River Otter include:
Lontra canadensis canadensis
Lontra canadensis kodiacensis
Lontra canadensis lataxina
Lontra canadensis mira
Lontra canadensis pacifica
Lontra canadensis periclyzomae
Lontra canadensis sonora
North American River Otters are also known as:
Northern River Otter
Southern River Otter