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Mostly aquatic in nature and part of the weasel family, 13 species of otters live around the world. The most common otter in the region, the North American river otter is seen in select lakes and river systems along the Eastern and Southeastern North American seaboard, the U.S. Northwest, and much of Canada up to Alaska. While they are not particularly problematic for the general public, the animals are capable of inflicting great financial burden on businesses and residential properties located in close proximity to water.
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Otters have elongated, slender bodies similar to weasels. They regularly reach almost 50 inches in length and typically weigh between 25 and 30 pounds. Females are usually a bit smaller than males and have four mammary glands located on their upper chests. Expert swimmers, otters possess webbed feet and flattened tails used for aquatic acrobatics. The animals also have small ears and prominent nose pads on their snouts.
River otters mostly feed on fish and shellfish, but they also make occasional meals out of waterfowl. Sea otters exclusively eat fish and shellfish and are actually considered a keystone species, as they moderate sea urchin populations. Otters have hands capable of grasping objects, which are useful for cracking open shellfish against rocks.
Favored otter habitats include fresh inland waters and costal sea shores. North American river otters prefer to live in fresh water systems with plentiful food sources. Sea otters are only found in the Pacific Sea.