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15 fascinating facts about otters

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on Jan. 21, 2020, 2:18 p.m.
Some otter species have very short or no claws.

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Look, Ma, no claws!

Most otters have sharp claws at the end of each toe, which help them to grab prey. However, there are three species of otter that have blunt or no claws. Their common species names are give-aways: The Asian small-clawed otter, the African clawless otter and the Congo clawless otter.

These species also have less webbing between their digits. This along with the shorter claws allow them to have greater dexterity in using their paws to feed on smaller prey.