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Neotropical Otter

Neotropical Otter
Photographer: Carla Antonini

Neotropical Otter Range Map (Central & South America)
Neotropical Otter Range Map
(Central & South America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Lontra longicaudis
Conservation Status Data Deficient
Location Central & South America
Colour Brown
Length 36 - 66 cm (14 - 26 inches)
Tail 37 - 84 cm (14.5 - 33 inches)
Weight 5 - 15 Kgs (11 - 33 lbs)
Life Expectancy

- Yrs

Main Characteristics

Neotropical Otters have a body length between 36 and 66 cms (14 - 26 inches), a tail length between 37 and 84 cms (14.5 - 33 inches) and they weigh between 5 and 15 kgs (11 - 33 lbs).


Neotropical Otters can be found in central and South America.


Neotropical otters mainly feed on fish, crustaceans, and molluscs, but they also consume insects, reptiles, birds and small mammals.


Neotropical Otters breed once a year and after a gestation period of approximately 56 days, 1 - 5 youngsters are born.

The youngsters are born blind, but fully furred, and they open their eyes after 44 days. They leave their den at approximately 52 days old and they begin their aquatic activity with their mother at around 74 days old.


Predators of Neotropical Otters are humans, dogs, jaguars, anacondas, caimans and birds of prey.


Subspecies of the Neotropical Otter are:

Lontra longicaudis annectens
Lontra longicaudis colombiana
Lontra longicaudis enudris
Lontra longicaudis incarum
Lontra longicaudis longicaudis
Lontra longicaudis platensis

Interesting Facts

Neotropical Otters are also known as:
Neotropical River Otter

Similar Animals

Marine Otter
Southern River Otter
North American River Otter
European Otter
Sea Otter
Giant Otter
Smooth-Coated Otter
Spotted-Necked Otter


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