Asian Small Clawed Otter | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Asian Small Clawed Otter

Aonyx cinereus

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

The smallest member of the Otter family, the Asian Small Clawed Otter has tiny claws which provide keen dexterity when handling prey. A continued threat to the Asian Small Clawed Otter is the ongoing destruction of its habitats across Asia including deforestation as well as the introduction of pesticides into the water.

Native Range →

India, Philippines and China

Natural Habitat  →

Rivers and wetlands

Diet  →

Carnivorous: fish, molluscs, crabs and insects

Life Expectancy  →

In the wild: Unknown. In a zoo: 15 years

Breeding  →

Gestation period: 62 days. Up to 7 pups

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, Hunting, Pollution

Fun fact

The otter is part of the mustelid family which includes other carnivorous animals like the weasel, stoat, badger, mink and ferret.

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