Asian Short Clawed Otter



They reach lengths of 65cm to 90cm.

Habitat and Distribution

Their habitat ranges from small streams to marshland and mangrove swamps. Their range covers southeastern China up to northern India with scattered ranges across areas of Indonesia.


Their life span in the wild is usually between 10 and 15 years however in zoos they have been kept for over 20 years.


These otters make up most of their diet with crabs and mollusc, as well as any other organisms it can find at the bottom of rivers and ponds. However being opportunistic they will feed on anything they can find, often eating things such as young birds.

Groups and Breeding

This is a very social animal which generally lives in groups of 4 to 8 individuals however it is not uncommon to find groups of up to around 15 animals.
They use vocalisations to warn one another of danger and locate each other in the wild, and are though to have around 12 unique calls.
Females will give birth to 4 to 5 cubs on average after a gestation period of 9 weeks.


Their main threats come from habitat destruction in their natural range and from being hunted to fulfill the continuing demand for their fur. They are still also collected for the pet trade to some degree.

Interesting fact’s

This is the smallest of all otter species.