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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Pteronura
Genus species:Pteronura brasiliensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:96-123 cm
Weight:22-32 kg
Identification:The coat coloring of the giant otter is a dark burnt umber. Its chin, throat, and chest are marked with cream-colored patches.
Habitat:Freshwater rivers, slow streams, lakes
Diet:Carnivore: fish eggs, aquatic mammals, birds, fish, crustaceans
Reproduction:Giant otters are nonseasonal breeders, although most births occur during the dry season. The gestation period is 65-70 days long, after which 1-5 young are born. The baby otters are weaned five months after birth.
Giant otters travel in groups called holts. Only the dominant female in each holt is allowed to give birth each year.
Behavior:The entire holt helps care for the young.
Status:Endangered: hunting for fur, habitat destruction
Interesting Facts:This is the largest species of otter. They are often referred to as 'river wolves'.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern South America
Central South America
Date:1965-10 Subjects:weasel
Giant otter
Brazilian otter
Otters
Mustelidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals