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Giant otter +

Pteronura brasiliensis

Themenwelt: Gondwanaland
  • Giant otter
  • Giant otter
  • Giant otter
  • Giant otter
  • Giant otter
  • Giant otter
  • Giant otter
  • Giant otter

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The giant otter has perfectly adapted to semiaquatic life with about 70,000 hairs per cm2, webs between their toes and the strong paddle tail. The animals feed on 3–4 kg fish per day which they hunt in families. In order to communicate the giant otters can choose from a variety of sounds and are strong voiced with volumes
reaching up to 100 decibel. Status according to Red List: endangered

Classification:

Order predators, family martens, subfamily otters

Diet:

Fishes between 10 and 40 cm in length

Habitat:

Tropical forests at the shores of the Amazon, Orinoco and Rio de la Plata

Reproduction:

Mate only in water; gestation time: 65–70 days; 2–4 young; young leave their family after about 7 months; maximum age: 17 years

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Status according to Red List:

IUCN web page