Scientific Classification

Order Carnivora
Family Mustelidae
Subfamily Lutrinae
Genus Lontra
Class Mammalia
Scientific Name Lontra provocax
Southern River Otter
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Southern River Otter Description

  • Adult males are solitary whereas females move in small groups.
  • They have long been hunted for their pelts.
  • Otters do not defend territories.

Size & Weight

Adults:

  • TOTAL-LENGTH: 2.5 ft (70 cm)
  • WEIGHT: 5 – 10 kg (11 – 22 lbs)
  • TAIL: 16 in (40 cm)

Habitat

Freshwater lake, shorelines, dense vegetation; altitude 300 meters

Range

Chile, Argentina

Diet

Fish, crustaceans, mollusks, birds

Reproduction

1 – 2 litters (up to 4)

Sexual Maturity

2 years

Predators

Humans

Conservation Status

Endangered