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Spotted-necked Otter : Diet

Lutra Maculicollis

Gone fishing

Spotted-necked otters seldom leave the water and so their diet is almost entirely small fish, shellfish and frogs. They may also eat aquatic insects and their larvae.

Hunting most commonly occurs after dawn and before dusk or on moonlit nights, and the otters prefer clear water for hunting - they seem to rely very much on their eyesight for chasing fish and finding other prey. There is some evidence that during times of high rainfall the otters may have trouble finding food, due to the muddiness of the water.

They swim well and spear fish with their sharp claws, crushing shellfish and fishbones with powerful otterine jaws.

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