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Illustration by Natalya Zahn



River Otters

These otters live in lakes, streams, and marshes, where they hunt for fish, insects, amphibians, and small mammals. They have sharp teeth adapted for eating prey (lower left). Otters can remain underwater for three or four minutes before coming up for air (lower right).

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