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Smooth-coated Otter : Lifestyle

Lutragale perspicillata

Family affair

A typical group of smooth-coated otters is a family of male, female and up to five juveniles. There is a strong bond between a breeding pair.

It seems likely that the breeding season may vary dependant on the best time for food in that particular region, but is most likely to be between August and December (during and after the monsoon season).

Gestation is between 60 and 62 days and litters range from one to five, with three being average.

Ancient otter

The oldest smooth-coated otter in captivity lived for twenty years and five months!

Mi casa, su casa

Studies suggest that smooth-coated otters are not so territorial as others, with home ranges overlapping extensively. Ranges may be between 5.5kms (female with cubs) to 17kms (young lone male).

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