This blog post was updated on October 18, 2018.
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.