Shop Cute River Otter, Animal Tracks, Wildlife Card created by countrymousestudio. The North American River Otter, for instance, is nocturnal three seasons and more diurnal only in the winter. They often litter the trails with crayfish droppings. Otter Spotters help the River Otter Ecology Project keep track of the lively creatures, whose population was decimated by trappers and pollution. Two field seasons were dedicated to surveying more than 1,600km of Nebraska’s rivers for otter sign. Toe impressions and the leading edge of an otter’s middle pad are different than those of a raccoon because they more deeply register the forward inertia of the otter’s loping gaits. River otter Lontra canadensis Five toes on four feet with toes widely splayed in tracks; end of toes bulbous, making almost round impressions well ahead of the heel pads. Sep 27, 2019 - Explore janafalls's board "Otters", followed by 674 people on Pinterest. Look for tracks on muddy river banks around ponds, streams, lakes, rivers, marshes and beaches near fresh water. (603) 795-0660, All content © 2020 by the Center for Northern Woodlands Education. Be careful and practice “safe scat” – do not touch or smell the droppings! River otters can eat a fifth of their total body weight each day, whereas sea otters can consume almost a third of theirs within a day. The playful North American river otter is equally at home in the water and on land. %PDF-1.6 %���� 36 Followers. In the close-up we see a separate round carpal pad impression, a clue that this track is from an otter’s front foot. The flatfooted placement of a raccoon’s walking track shows as an even downward impression with little emphasis on the toes or the forward edge of the middle pad. It makes its home in a burrow near the water's edge, and can thrive in river, lake, swamp, or estuary ecosystems. Otter tracks at Crosby Farm, St. Paul, MN In March 2010, three sites were surveyed, totaling 9.5 km or about six miles of shoreline between Anoka County and the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. See more ideas about otters, otter love, baby otters. This track pattern will also be at an angle to the direction of travel. To ensure a respectful dialogue, please refrain from posting content that is unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, or inflammatory. The River otter is adapted for both terrestrial and aquatic environments. Dogs and cats normally have only four toes per foot, while rodents have five toes per rear foot and four toes on each front foot. River otter and all members of the weasel family have five toes on the front and rear feet. Funny River Otter & Footprints, Tracks Neck Tie. If these travel routes are discovered, excellent trapping can result. 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