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Species Profile: Spotted Necked Otter    
Lutra maculicollis    

        The Spotted-Necked Otter is one of the most proficient swimmers of all freshwater otters. A Spotted-Necked Otter will have a holt that is only accessible by going underwater and coming up underneath the bank. Like many other animals no two Spotted-Necked Otter's markings are the same.

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Size
       The Spotted Necked Otter is moderate to small in size. Its head to body is 575 The tail is 330 to 445mm long. The whole length of the Spotted Necked Otter is 950 to 1170mm.

Feet
        The feet of the Spotted-necked Otter are webbed, with the webbing ending close to the end of the toes, and strong claws.

Hair
        The texture of the hair is thick and velvety. Their guardhairs are 13 to 16mm long. Their underfur is 7mm long.

Color
        The Spotted Necked Otter is very dark or raw umber in color. They have lighter bellies.

Nose

        The nose looks like a Trapezoid with small dips on each side. The nostrils are on the side of the nose

Habitat
        The Spotted Necked Otter lives inhabiting streams and lakes south of the Sahara in Africa.

Distribution and Population
        It lives mostly in the southern half of Africa

Food
        The Spotted Necked Otter likes to eat fish, amphibians, and crustaceans.

Other Names
Spanish: Nutria de cuello manchado
French: Loutre a cou tachete
German: FleckenhalsOtter
Italian:Lontra dal collo macchiato
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Other scientific names

Hydricits Malculiollis


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