Aonyx – African clawless otter

Inhabit water bodies in sub-Saharan Africa’s savannahs

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.