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Asian Small-Clawed Otter the smallest of all 13 species?

There are 13 species of Otter in the world and Asian Small-Clawed Otter is the smallest of them all. They weigh in less than 5 kilograms and can stretch up to as long as 60 centimetres.

Asian Small-Clawed Otter communicate by using different vocalization. Records stated that there are at least twelve vocalization that they used for communicating with each other.  Vocalizations are normally used for contact, greeting as well as threat and alarm calls. Apart from their vocal, these otters are expect in using scent markings. There is a paired of scent glands at the base of the tail, otters emit an intensely musky smell that can be use for territory marking and communicates important information concerning identity, sex, sexual receptivity and time elapsed between scenting visits. They tend to defecate or spray in their public toilet areas to pass on this information.

The otter are very socially active and they live in groups of 15 to 20 individuals. Although they live in groups, they tend to hunt individually. They Otter might look cute and cuddly but do be aware of their teeth as the teeth are design to crush shells.They normal diet consist mostly of crustaceans, mollusks and fishes, here in Langkawi WildLife Park we do provide they with fishes which they love the most.

As huggable as an Otter is, they are wild animals that are not suitable to be kept as pet. These Otter are list Vulnerable in IUCN list. A vulnerable species is a species which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as likely to become endangered unless the circumstances that are threatening its survival and reproduction improve. Vulnerability is mainly caused by habitat loss or destruction of the species home.

Let’s do our part in protecting and conserving the Asian Small-Clawed Otter in the wild.

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