Otter by Eddie Deane 1/4
Otter by Elizabeth Dack 2/4
Otter feeding by Elizabeth Dack 3/4
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Otter Lutra lutra

With its broad head and long, wide tail the otter has a very distinctive appearance and is easily identified. Being a semi-aquatic and nocturnal creature does, though, make this furtive animal difficult to spot. However, it often leaves tell tale signs behind.

Conservation status

The number of otters is increasing in Norfolk. Otters declined catastrophically throughout England in the late 1950s. In Norfolk by the 1970s most traditional otter sites were deserted and whole river systems no longer supported any otters. Today though, otters have returned to most of their former haunts in Norfolk. This conservation success story is the result of both better legal protection for otters and the banning of the pesticides which poisoned them.

Details

Did you know?

An otter can roam 10kms in one night.

The otter’s droppings are known as spraint and otters use them to mark their territories
 

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