Mammal Details

Northern River Otter

Common Name 
Northern River Otter
Order
Carnivora
Family
Mustelidae
Species Name 
Lontra canadensis
Status 
Common in the northern part of its range, uncommon to extirpated in southern parts of its range.
States 
Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
  • Distribution
  • Notes

Northern River Otter Distribution

Alaska and most of the continental US except for much of the southwestern continental US.

Playful, likes to slide on the snow. Eats fish and other aquatic or amphibious animals. Aquatic mammal; can travel long distances under water. Adapted for land and water.

Illinois: Slide symbol: A -- anatomical specialization. W -- female with young. Was once widely distributed, now it is rarely encountered

Oklahoma: Slide symbol: A - anatomical specialization. W - female with young. Reported very rare or extirpated in 1952. New projects have allowed them to reoccupy areas. Seventeen were released in 1984 & 1985

Texas: Slide symbol: A -- anatomical specialization. W -- female with young. Aquatic (including slightly salty & marsh water), but easily run on land. Playful; make slides on riverbanks.

Vermont: Slide: A-anat.specializ.