North American River Otter

  • Scientific name: Lutra canadensis
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Mustelidae
  • Genus: Lutra
  • Species: L. canadensis

Fun Facts


  • River otters are very sensitive to environmental pollution.
  • They were once considered endangered in Illinois, but due to cleanups of our rivers and streams they have made a come back, and no longer are threatened.
  • They eat fish, amphibians, turtles and crayfish.
  • They live 10 to 15 years.
  • An otter can weigh anywhere from 11 to 30 pounds.
North American River Otter