What does a river otter look like?
It has thick brown fur, short legs and weighs around 18 pounds. It can grow almost three feet long. The otter has stiff whiskers around its nose and a long tail. Where do river otters live? River otters live by streams, ponds, lakes and marshes in North America. They sleep during the day in a den or among a bunch of weeds. What do river otters eat? Otters eat fish, crayfish, water insects, frogs, turtles and birds. More facts about the otter: – Otters are excellent swimmers. They can swim up to 7 miles per hour. – A lynx or other big cat is a predator. – In the winter river otters spend a lot of time under the snow and ice. – The river otter takes tiny bites of food. Its throat is narrow so it cannot swallow big chunks of food. – A river otter can outrun a person. – Its fur is waterproof. – They make a sound that sounds like snorting or coughing. – The river otter can stay underwater for around four minutes.