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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Aonyx
Genus species:Aonyx capensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:95-100 cm
Weight:12-21 kg
Identification:The African clawless otter is dark brown with white tipping. Its cheeks and neck are white, and it has small claws on the third and fourth toes of the hind feet only.
Habitat:Streams, pools, coastal waters, estuaries
Diet:Carnivore: crabs, mollusks, fish, reptiles, frogs, birds, small mammals
Reproduction:A breeding pair's 2-5 young remain with them for a year after birth.
Clawless otters can be found in family groups, pairs, or alone.
Behavior:After catching prey in the water, these otters will come ashore to eat.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:As with most otters, African clawless otters are very skillful with their hands.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:African clawless otter
weasel
Cape clawless otter
Otters
Mustelidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals