Special Sub-Topic: All About the River Otter
|How many toes does a river otter have on each foot?|
5 & Five. Their feet are also webbed to ensure they are great swimmers.
|How old are male river otters when they reach sexual maturity?|
2 years. Females will not usually produce a litter until they are 3 years old.
|On average, in what months does breeding usually take place for the river otter (in North America and Europe)?|
March and April. Otter young are helpless at birth and do not open their eyes for 3 weeks.
|How long is the gestation period of an otter?|
60 days. Although the gestation period is only 60 days, most litters are born the year after fertilisation as the female can carry a fertilised egg around for up to nine months in her uterus. This is called delayed implantation and is common in the Mustelidae family.
|What makes up the greatest proportion of the river otter's diet?|
Fish. Apparently, if you were to taste an otter's flesh it would taste very fishy.
|What age would an otter reach living in captivity (on average)?|
|What age would an otter reach living in the wild (on average)?|
|What family does the river otter belong to?|
Mustelidae. Other members of this family are badger, skunks and weasels.
|How long, on average, can a river otter stay under water?|
Up to 4 minutes. They close up their ears and nose to when they dive, and resurface for more air when their time is up.
|What is an otter's home called?|
A holt & Holt & holt. Otters rarely do any construction and will set up home just about anywhere near water.
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