full grown otter is a furry mammal weighing between 10
to 20 pounds. They are 30 to 40 inches (about 3 feet)
in length. This does not include their tail which is
about one foot long. Females are a little smaller.
otters mature at age 2. They mate between January and
May. Two or three babies, called pups,
are born about 2 months later. The pups are blind, toothless,
and tiny, weighing about 5 ounces. An otter lives 10
to 20 years.
otters make dens on the edges of lakes,
rivers, creeks, or streams. Dens can be made under tree
roots or rock piles. They can set up homes where beavers,
woodchucks, and muskrats no longer live. Dens usually
have an underwater entrance and a living area above the
water level. They need clean water that supports fish
and other marine (water) life.
of their food supply is made up of crayfish, minnows,
and suckers (a type of fish). They are considered to