African clawless otter

Inhabits water bodies in sub-Saharan Africa’s savannahs

Mark Paxton

The African clawless otter is the second largest freshwater otter species. They have dense and short fur, which is very silky in appearance and to the touch. The coat serves as insulation to keep them warm in the water. They also have partly webbed and clawless feet, and their strong tail act as rudders, enabling them to swim efficiently.

During the day, they sleep in dens or burrows while being active during the dawn and dusk, known as crepuscular. They spent their time foraging, hunting, swimming, sunbathing, and playing when awake. After eating, they would immediately clean their face with their forefeet.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2020
Benin
2020
Botswana
2020
Burkina Faso
2020
Cameroon
2020
Chad
2020
Côte D’ivoire
2020
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2020
Eritrea
2020
Eswatini
2020
Ethiopia
2020
Gambia
2020
Ghana
2020
Guinea-Bissau
2020
Guinea
2020
Kenya
2020
Lesotho
2020
Liberia
2020
Malawi
2020
Mozambique
2020
Namibia
2020
Niger
2020
Nigeria
2020
Rwanda
2020
Senegal
2020
Sierra Leone
2020
South Africa
2020
Sudan
2020
Tanzania
2020
Uganda
2020
Zambia
2020
Zimbabwe
2020

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No