| Latin Name
| Conservation Status
||South & South East Asia
||65 - 79 cms (25 - 31 inches)
||40 - 50 cms (15 - 20 inches)
||7 - 11 Kgs (15 - 24 lbs)
| Life Expectancy
4 - 10 Yrs (in the Wild)
Up to 20 Yrs (in Captivity)
Smooth-Coated Otters have a body length between 65 and 79 cms (25 - 31 inches), a tail length between 40 and 50 cms (15 - 20 inches) and they weigh between 7 and 11 kgs (15 - 24 lbs).
Smooth-Coated Otters are found throughout much of southern Asia, from India eastwards. There is also an isolated population that inhabit the marshes of Iraq.
Smooth-Coated Otters are omnivores and they eat insects, crustaceans, water rats, birds, frogs, eggs and fish.
Smooth-Coated Otters form monogamous pairs and they breed once a year. After a gestation period of 61 - 65 days, 2 - 5 cubs are born.
They are weaned at around 3 months old and they become independent at around 12 months old. They reach sexual maturity at 2 years of age.
Saltwater crocodiles and other crocodile species are predators of Smooth-Coated Otters.
Subspecies of the Smooth-Coated Otter include:
Lutrogale perspicillata perspicillata
Lutrogale perspicillata sindica
The Smooth-Coated Otter is also known as:
Asian River Otter
Indian Smooth Otter
Indian Smooth-Coated Otter
African Clawless Otter
Congo Clawless Otter
Oriental Small-Clawed Otter