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November 21, 2008

OTTERS
Classification Location
Kingdom: Animalia Family: Mustelidoe Giant otters are found scattered through out South
Phylum: Chordata Genus: Pteronura America. At one point in time they were only located
Class: Mammalia Species: brasiliensis in the Guinanas. There are very few found in the wild
Order: Carnivora to this day. In fact now most are in captivity to help
keep them from going extinct.

THE GIANT OTTER YET ANOTHER


SPECIES GOING EXTINCT.
Lets take a close look at a species we might not have
much longer.
How do they reproduce?
Giant otters reproduce externally sexually. They tend to have long term mating
habits. The male initiates copulation with the female in the water. Then about
65-70 days later the female will give birth to its liter. Liters average about 2-3
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pups in each. This process will occur approximately every seven months. Morris

What are some adaptations? Giant Otter Routines


The giant otter has various adaptations for an amphibious lifestyle. It has a Giant otter live in families
wing like tail and webbed feet to help it move effectively through the water. that average from 3-8
Also it has exceptionally dense fur to deep it warm when swimming in the otters. A daily routine
water. consists of them sleeping,
What are the laws protecting playing, traveling, and
the species? feeding together. They
There is only one law known to protect carry on like this until
this specific species. This law is breeding time which occurs
regulated under Appendix I of the at least once a year.
Conservation on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and
Flora. It states that all trade of this
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species or the trade of parts of it is
illegal.
November 21, 2008

T HE GI A N T OT TE R
What is a close relative of the giant otter?
The smooth-coated otter of Asia is a very close relative to
the giant otters. They have similar behaviors, vocalizations,
and skull morphology. Also both species show strong mate
and parental bonding.

What is their habitat like?


Their habitats are generally freshwater rivers and streams
that seasonly flood. Then they build their dens, campsites,
and latrines in land areas adjacent to their water sources.
These land areas usually consist of grass islands, marsh
lands, or swampy forests.

What is their position in the food chain?


The giant otters are consumers on the food chain. They are
predators of fish, crabs, and small snakes. They also eat
certain types of vegetation. They are prey mainly to by Flicker: user Men In Black
humans although there are some cases with cougars.
Reason for endangerment
What are some characteristics of their class There are a couple reason for its endangerment. The
most threatening reason currently is the degradation
and species? and loss of its habitat. Another reason is due to its
The giant otters class is Mammalia. Its characteristics velvety pelt poachers have greatly diminished the otters
include having vertebrate organisms that posses mammary population. The last reason for the giant otters
glands, sweat glands, hair, and they have three middle ear endangerment is because of their high stress level if near
bones used in hearing. Also they have a neocortex region in humans. This causes them to harm or kill their young.
the brain. Their species is brasiliensis. Some characteristics
of them would be there long sinuous body that is covered in Interesting Facts
velvety fur. Another characteristic would be their strong The giant Otter goes
family bonds that is part of their instincts to protect each by a couple different
other. Also they have webbed feet and rudder like tails that names. It can be called
help them swim effectively through the water. the river wolf or a
water dog. It is an
especially noisy animal
with noisy animal with
a complex repertoire
Resources: of vocalizations.
<REF>http:// Scientists have
www.arkive.org/giantotter/ discovered 9 different
pteronura-brasiliensis/ distinct sounds.
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description.html</REF> Boalch
<REF>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Otter</REF>
<REF>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chordata</REF>
<REF>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammal</REF>
<REF>http://www.giantotter.org/Pterohome.htm</REF>

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