Malaysia is home to four protected otter species: the smooth-coated otter that is listed as “threatened”, the Asian small-clawed otter, the hairy-nosed otter, and the Eurasian otter.
Do otters live in Malaysia?
Distribution and habitat
This hairy-nosed otter occurs in Southeast Asia from southern Thailand, Cambodia, southern Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra and Borneo.
What countries have otters?
Marine otters live along the Pacific coast of South America, ranging from northern Peru to Tierra del Fuego. Neotropical otters range from Uruguay north to Central America and Mexico. Southern river otters are found in Argentina and Chile. Giant otters are found throughout almost all of South America.
Does Japan have otters?
It was subsequently classified as a “Critically Endangered” species on the Japanese Red List. On August 28, 2012, the Japanese otter was officially declared extinct by the Ministry of the Environment.
How many hairy-nosed otters are left?
The exact total population of hairy-nosed otters is unknown. In fact, in 1998 they were thought to be entirely extinct. However, just two years later, new baby otters were seen in the wild, which confirmed that they were, in fact, still around. They are still rare.
Can otters be pets?
Otters are wild animals. Owning native otters is illegal in many countries including the UK, Japan, and the U.S. Yet otters are still being illegally smuggled into these countries to be sold as pets.
What do you call a female otter?
Male Otters are called boars, females are sows, and the offspring are pups.