Asian Small-clawed Otter

By Riley Martine


Asian Small-clawed Otters liver in freshwater wetlands, but they can be found on land as well.

In the wild, the Asian Small-clawed Otter can be found in southern India, southern China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.


Asian Small-clawed Otters ate the smallest of all otters. They have a streamlined body with powerful tails that allow them to move easily through water.


The Asian Small-clawed Otter eats crustaceans, mollusks, and frogs.

Unlike other otters, the Asian Small-clawed otter catches their prey with their paws rather than their mouth.

These otters are able to use their paws because the webbing reaches to only the last joint of their paws, which is also unique to this genus of otter.


These otters usually mate for life with both parents aiding in raising their young.