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North American River Otter

Lontra canadensis


One of the larger members of the weasel family, this one was no exception. I would estimate it was very close to the 42 inches Wiki says they can reach. It was huge, Even at a distance across the pond.


While they are called "river" otters, they live most anyplace there is water. This one moved into a medium sized private pond in the middle of a pine forest in Southeastern Texas.


The owners of the pond were not too happy with their new resident as he was feeding on the fish they had stocked the pond with and were feeding. I would have kept feeding the fish and hoping the otter would stay. He was impressive. But then, I'm not much of a fisherman.

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Feb 22, 2011
Submitted on Feb 2, 2019

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