Asian Small-Clawed Otters

They are intelligent, social animals. These cute, playful otters live in families of 12 or more members, and are the smallest of the 13 species of otter. However, they hunt for food individually, not in a group. They have a dense, water-repellent coats with tightly packed under-fur and long guard hairs.

They’re very playful and vocal. Asian small-clawed otters are often observed behaving in ways that seems to be purely for fun, such making a waterslide with the natural materials at hand and using them to slide into the water.

They have at least twelve distinct vocalizations in order to contact, greet, threaten or alert others. They also use visual, chemical or tactile cues such as social grooming, posturing and scent markings for other important communication.

They are excellent hunters. Their rapid metabolism and boundless energy means they must eat several times a day. individually. Living mostly on a diet of shellfish, small fish and frogs. Their highly sensitive whiskers help detect the vibration of very small movements of their prey in the water.

Partially webbed feet give them great control for catching shellfish like crabs, mussels and clams by stirring up the sand or dirt where they hide. Sensitive pads on their paws, an exclusive of Asian small-clawed otters, enables them to feel under rocks to find food. They often crush the shell with their paws to get at the meat or use the heat of the sun to open the shells for them.

They spend a lot of time on land. Surprisingly, Asian small-clawed otters live on land most of the time and use the water for hunting food and bathing. In their native habitat of Southeast Asia they live along small streams, rivers, marshes, rice paddies amid dense vegetation, like shrubbery, where they can hide from predators.

When wet, they lie in the sun on large flat rocks to dry off and perform grooming rituals that maintain the insulation of their fur. They sleep in fallen trees logs for safety or burrow into the ground to create a den for sleeping.

They’re vulnerable in their natural habitats. The Asian small-clawed otter is an endangered species, mostly because of the pollution of the lakes and rivers where they get their food and bathe. They live 8 to 10 years in the wild, but typically 12 years or more in zoo environments.

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You have three (3) days after purchase to cancel your booking and request a refund for any reason. After that three day period, we do not offer refunds for cancellations.

You have three (3) days after purchase to reschedule your booking. Rescheduling is based off of availability. After that three day window, if you would like to change/reschedule your booking, you must fill out a Rescheduling Form. A $25 dollar fee will apply.

In the event of inclement weather and we are unable to host encounters, Otter Experience Park will notify you one day prior in order to reschedule your visit.

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