Description:

There are two species of otters found in Singapore, namely the Smooth Otter and the Small-clawed Otter.

The Smooth Otter is larger. Upperparts are greyish brown, underparts distinctly paler, buffy. Throat and sides of neck cream-coloured. Fur short, smooth and sleek.

Recent years see an increase in Smooth Otters sighting with families sighted frequently at Bishan Park as well as Gardens by the Bay.

 

Habitat:

Natural habitats include mangroves, mudflats but recently many sightings reported along canals system.

Size:

HB to 75cm cm. Tail to 45cm.

Status:

Widespread, becoming common.

Distribution:

South Iraq, Pakistan, across INdia, South China and Indochina to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Java.

References:

Wild Animals of Singapore - Nick Baker | Kelvin Lim

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Fauna > Mammals

Smooth Otter or Smooth-coated Otter

Lutrogale perspicillata(formerly as Lutra perspicillata )

A Colugo with a young

Smooth otter seen along Bishan canal.


Colugo licking on lichen on the tree bark

Cubs having a fish meal at a bund.

A gliding Colugo

A cub begging for food.

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