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giant otter

Giant Otter Pteronura brasiliensis

The giant otter is the largest member of the mustelid family, which includes otters, weasels and ferrets. They are very sociable and live in families of 3–10 individuals that hunt together.

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ORIGIN:
South America

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HABITAT:
Rainforest rivers and creeks

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
70–75 lbs
Length: Up to 6 ft

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DIET:
Predominately fish; also crustaceans, snakes and other river creatures

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PREDATORS:
Jaguars, caimans and anacondas

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Strong tail and sharp teeth

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REPRODUCTION:
2-month gestation; up to 6 pups per litter

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THREATS:
Habitat loss, river contamination, overfishing and human hunting

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 20 yrs in human care

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