|Otter (Lutra lutra) Captive|
Photo from: Fly~catcher
L. Lutra lutra OE otor, Eng. Eurasian otter. With the exception of Australia and the Antarctica, the otter has lived everywhere else in the world during the last 30 million years. Of the 13 species still surviving, the most common in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia is the Eurasian otters. In general, they reside around streams, rivers and lakes in holts, a type of den with a private entrance into the water. As natives of Great Britain, they live in fresh and salt water on the coasts of Scotland and in freshwater pools in the Shetlands.
Before water pollution reached its height in Spain, they inhabited areas adjacent to streams in the Catalonia, Aragon, Basque Country, Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa, Asturias, Galicia, León, Castile, Estremadura, western Andalusia, Almeria and Murcia.
Photo from: Hermes Rios
They rest in their holts during the day. At dusk, these nocturnal animals start to become active. They are solitary, except during mating season, which can be any time of year. Gestation takes a little over two months after which two or three blind babies, covered with gray or dark downy fur are born. They open their eyes a little after a month and continue living in a nest made of weeds or straw and nurse for a total of two to three months. They live as a family for about a year. Adulthood is reached between two and three years. Their lifespan is some 10-14 years.
Photo from: Stuart Brabbs