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Smooth-Coated Otter

Smooth-Coated Otter
Photographer: Yathin S Krishnappa

Smooth-Coated Otter
Photographer: Lip Kee Yap

Smooth-Coated Otter Range Map (Asia)
Smooth-Coated Otter Range Map (Asia)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Lutrogale perspicillata
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location South & South East Asia
Colour Brown
Length 65 - 79 cms (25 - 31 inches)
Tail 40 - 50 cms (15 - 20 inches)
Weight 7 - 11 Kgs (15 - 24 lbs)
Life Expectancy

4 - 10 Yrs (in the Wild)
Up to 20 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Smooth-Coated Otters have a body length between 65 and 79 cms (25 - 31 inches), a tail length between 40 and 50 cms (15 - 20 inches) and they weigh between 7 and 11 kgs (15 - 24 lbs).


Smooth-Coated Otters are found throughout much of southern Asia, from India eastwards. There is also an isolated population that inhabit the marshes of Iraq.


Smooth-Coated Otters are omnivores and they eat insects, crustaceans, water rats, birds, frogs, eggs and fish.


Smooth-Coated Otters form monogamous pairs and they breed once a year. After a gestation period of 61 - 65 days, 2 - 5 cubs are born.

They are weaned at around 3 months old and they become independent at around 12 months old. They reach sexual maturity at 2 years of age.


Saltwater crocodiles and other crocodile species are predators of Smooth-Coated Otters.


Subspecies of the Smooth-Coated Otter include:

Lutrogale perspicillata perspicillata

Lutrogale perspicillata sindica

Interesting Facts

The Smooth-Coated Otter is also known as:
Smooth Otter
Asian River Otter
Indian Smooth Otter
Indian Smooth-Coated Otter

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African Clawless Otter
Congo Clawless Otter
Spotted-Necked Otter
Oriental Small-Clawed Otter
European Otter
Hairy-Nosed Otter
Giant Otter
Sea Otter

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