Asian small clawed otters are native to several countries throughout Asia, including areas of India, Indonesian islands, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Southern China, and Palawan in the Philippines.

These social animals are the smallest of the 13 otter species and have more than a dozen communication calls. They are divided into groups called a “romp,” led by a singular female member. Otter pups, which are born with white fur and closed eyes, are raised by both parents and taught how to swim.

Their partially webbed fingers and short nails allow them to easily grab objects; however, these otters usually use their mouth to catch food. Their diet consists of crabs, mussels, snails, and frogs. Due to hunting, pollution, and destruction of habitat, this otter species is vulnerable.

Did You Know?
Similar to human fingerprints, each individual otter has a unique scent. The scent allows otters to recognize each other!

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Cordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Mustelidae
  • Genus: Amblonyx
  • Species: A. Cinerea
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