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Endangered Canada Animals: North American River Otters

Animal

North American river otters are otters that live in the United States and Canada. North American river otters are playful and play both on land and on the water. We make burrows on the water’s edge and live in the ecosystem of rivers, lakes, wetlands, and estuaries, but the number of burrows has been decreasing in recent years due to changes in the habitat. Since the 1900s, habitat destruction, water pollution and overfishing due to human land development have reduced populations. Therefore, it may be designated as an endangered species in the future.

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Habitat

North American river otters live in the United States and Canada.

Characteristic

The North American river otter has a total length of 60-100 cm and a weight of 5-14 kg. In the United States and Canada, it inhabits rivers, lakes, marshes and bays. It is a nocturnal animal that lives alone or in groups. North American river otters jointly catch prey and groom each other. The animal is slender and soft, has webs on its legs, and is very good at swimming. The back is dark brown and the abdomen is light taupe. There are natural enemies and they are preyed on by crocodiles, orca, bobcats, coyotes, etc. North American river otters can live on land and in water.

Ecology

North American river otters live on fish, frogs, crayfish and crabs. We also eat small mammals, birds and insects. The breeding style is embryo. The gestation period is about one year, and one can give birth to 1-3 animals at a time. Children open their eyes 30-38 days after birth, and males tend not to help with parenting. Shortly after birth, children begin to practice swimming. Lifespan is 8-9 years in the wild. There is also a record of living in captivity for about 25 years

Endangered species

North American river otters are not currently endangered. However, the population is decreasing. It used to live in Mexico and Prince Edward Island. However, the habitat is currently confirmed only in the United States and Canada. Causes include environmental destruction and water pollution by humans. Other than that, it can be eaten by predators. There is also hunting aimed at otter fur, which is a threat. The population has declined since the 20th century and may be designated as an endangered species. It was published in Annex II of the Washington Convention in 1977.

Breeding

North American river otters are listed in Annex II of the Washington Convention and therefore have restrictions on imports and exports. Watch at the zoo or go to Canada or the United States. If you can keep it, prepare at least the following tools.

Cat food or ferret food can be used as a substitute for food.

Food

Otters can move around actively. Let’s prepare a large cage.

Cage

Toilets should use trays and pet sheets.

Toilet

Otters like to play, so get some toys.

Toy

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