Where in the world?
Southern India, southern China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The Asian small-clawed otter is the smallest living otter species in the world. Its claws do not extend beyond its webbed fingers and toes. This allows it to use its paws instead of its mouth to catch and feed on mollusks, crabs and other small animals.
Their ears are small and round and have a unique valve-like structure that enables them to close when swimming underwater. Their whiskers are extremely sensitive to underwater vibrations and play a major role in sensing the movements of prey.
These furry fellows are threatened by rapid habitat destruction, hunting, and pollution. Their population is decreasing despite being a protected species. Asian small-clawed otters are classified as vulnerable because they are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances that are threatening their survival and reproduction improve.
Did you know?
The Asian small-clawed otter’s tail is about one-third of its total body length and is used to both propel and steer itself while swimming and to help maintain balance when standing upright on its back legs.