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Reproduction: Pups are usually born in March or April. Litters may contain from one to six pups; the average is two or three. The newborns are blind and toothless, and have black, silky coats. They are 20.3 cm (8 in) long and weigh between 124.4 and 156 g (4 and 5 oz). Their eyes open at 25 to 28 days and, at three months, the pups venture outside the den. They are weaned at four months, and the family remains together for about eight months or until a new litter is born.

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Diet: Otters feed mainly on fish, amphibians, crayfish and other invertebrates, turtles, snakes, waterfowl and muskrat. Their diet varies with the seasons, and some vegetation is eaten in summer. Otters hunt alone or, occasionally, in pairs. Otters do not cache food for later use.

Species Information:
The otter is a large weasel, males reaching 1.3 m in length and weighing 8 kg; females are slightly smaller. Its colour is dark brown, with a paler belly. It is amphibious, its streamlined body and tail, short legs, webbed feet and dense waterproof fur equipping it to hunt in water. Otters live close to water, and prefer lakes, marshes and streams. They never construct houses, but den in the abandoned lodges of beaver and in burrows in banks. Dry vegetation such as sticks, leaves and grass is used to line the dens. Wild otters may live from 10 to 20 years.

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