10 facts about otters

  • We know of 13 different species of otter in the world but only the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) is native to Britain.
  • Eurasian otters are extremely widespread: they can be found in 81 countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa.
  • Otters have the thickest fur of any mammal.
  • The fur does not just keep them warm but also helps them stay buoyant by trapping air close to their skin.
  • They can close their ears and nose when swimming.
  • Their closest relatives are weasels.
  • Otters are very vocal:
  • Otter droppings are called spraint; they are used to communicate and mark territories. Those who know say that spraint smells like jasmine tea!
  • This far south, otter pups can be born at any time of the year.
  • The pups have to be taught to swim, usually when they are about two months old.

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This post was first published in March 2020

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