There are around five people in the entire world who don’t love otters, and they’ve probably never seen one. Impress your animal-loving friends with these fast facts about the Eurasian otter.
Natural habitat: bodies of freshwater (lakes, streams, and rivers) across Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Protection status: Near Threatened
Size: The average male otter’s head and body can reach up to 90cm (36 in); tail 40 cm (16in)
Life span: perhaps 9-10 years in the wild; have lived to 20 in captivity
Diet: Fish, birds, frogs, crustaceans, and even small beavers
Personality: playful, intelligent, and inquisitive
Fun fact: These guys aren’t afraid to let the crap hit the fan…or rock. Otters are known to mark their territory by leaving sweet-smelling feces on rocks along the water’s edge.