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Latin Name: Aonyx cinerea
Status: Vulnerable
Food: Fish, meat and crab
Population: Declining
Distribution: India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, South China
Interesting Fact: The smallest otter species in the world, usually weighing about 5 kilos or 11 pounds.

Asian Short-clawed Otters

These otters, also known as Short-clawed Otters, are very social and form large family groups where brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles all help in rearing young.

They communicate in little squeals and are very playful often rolling around with a pebble in their ‘hands’ or digging around a rock.

They are the smallest otters, usually weighing about 5 kilos or 11 pounds. Their diet includes fish, meat and crab which they love. They like to eat little and often with short naps between meals.

They are seriously threatened by rapid habitat destruction, hunting and pollution. Their population trend is decreasing despite being a protected species


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