Uniqueness of Otter

November 1, 2016

Uniqueness of Otter

Uniqueness of Otter
Raihan Fauzan
Syahdila Gunawan

Otters in General
Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily LutrinaeLutrinae is a branch of the weasel family Mustelidae, which also includes badgers, honey badgers, martens, minks, polecats, weasels, and wolverines.
The word otter derives from the old English word otor or oter. This, and cognate words in other Indo-European languages, ultimately stem from the Proto-Indo-European languages root *wódr̥, which also gave rise to the English word "water”.
Life cycle
The gestation period in otters is about 60 to 86 days. The holt is built under tree roots or a rocky cairn, more common in Scotland. It is lined with moss and grass.
An otter's den is called a holt or couch. Male otters are called dogs or boars, females are called bitches or sows, and their offspring are called pups. The feces of otters are typically identified by their distinctive aroma. After one month, the pup can leave the holt and after two months, it is able to swim. The pup lives with its family for approximately one year. Otters live up to 16 years; they are by nature playful, and frolic in the water with their pups. Its usual source of food is fish, and further downriver, eels, but it may sample frogs and birds.
Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs. Their most striking anatomical features are the powerful webbed feet used to swim, and their seal-like abilities holding breath underwater. They are notable for their ability to use stones to break open shellfish on their stomachs. This skill must be learned by the young. Otters are active hunters, chasing prey in the water or searching the beds of rivers, lakes or the seas. Otters are playful animals and appear to engage in various behaviors for sheer enjoyment, such as making waterslides and then sliding on them into the water.
Otters hold on to each other while sleeping, so they won’t be separated <3


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