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Asian Small-clawed Otter
Asian Small-clawed Otters are the smallest of the 13 species of otter in the world. With an average lifespan in the wild of up to 10 years, Asian Small-clawed Otters can live happily and healthily up to 20 years in captivity.
Our two Asian Small-clawed Otters, Paula and Oscar, have lived together since 2012. They haven't bred but have lived happily together since 2011.
Because Oscar and Paula are playful and active, they can be hard to spot sometimes, but make sure you pop past their home more than once if you miss them at first visit, as they do take naps throughout the day in between their antics. They are likely to be most active in the afternoon, as they often sleep on display between 9:30 and around 11:00. Also keep an eye out for their enrichment sessions, as they receive 2 different forms every day, including hidden feeds in logs and foliage.
- Otters use their sensitive paws and whiskers to forage for food and can eat a third of their body weight in a day.
- They feed on crabs, fish, yabbies, insects, lizards, frogs and small mammals such as mice.
- They can close their nostrils and ears under water and have thick waterproof fur.
- Melbourne Zoo
- Healesville Sanctuary
- Werribee Open Range Zoo