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Spotted-Necked Otter

Spotted-Necked Otter Photographer: Derek Keats

Spotted-Necked Otter Range Map (Africa)
Spotted-Necked Otter Range Map (Africa)

Latin Name Hydrictis maculicollis
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Africa
Colour Brown
Length 62 - 72 cms (24 - 28 inches)
Tail 33 - 45 cms (13 - 18 inches)
Weight 4 - 6.5 Kgs (8.8 - 14 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 Yrs (in Captivity)

Main Characteristics

Spotted-Necked Otters have a body length between 62 and 72 cms (24 - 28 inches), a tail length between 33 and 45 cms (13 - 18 inches) and they weigh between 4 and 6.5 kgs (8.8 - 14 lbs).


Spotted-Necked Otters are found in aquatic areas of central and southern Africa.


Spotted-Necked Otters mainly feed on fish but they also eat frogs, crabs, molluscs, aquatic insects and larvae.


After a gestation period of approximately 2 months, Spotted-Necked Otters give birth to 2 - 3 cubs. They reach sexual maturity at 2 years of age.


Humans are predators of Spotted-Necked Otters.


There are no known subspecies of the Spotted-Necked Otter.

Interesting Facts

The Spotted-Necked Otter is also known as:
Speckle-Throated Otter
Spot-Necked Otter

Numbers of the Spotted-Necked Otter are in decline due to habitat destruction, pollution and hunting.

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African Clawless Otter
Smooth-Coated Otter
Congo Clawless Otter
Oriental Small-Clawed Otter
European Otter
Hairy-Nosed Otter
Giant Otter
Sea Otter

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