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15 fascinating facts about otters

By: Jaymi Heimbuch on Jan. 21, 2020, 2:18 p.m.
Otters often live in abandoned beaver dens.

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The otter squatter

When an otter doesn't feel like finding its own home, it will take up residence in abandoned beaver lodges or muskrat dens. In fact, the homes of other animals are pretty attractive and sometimes otters will move in even when beavers are still living in the lodge, taking up residence in areas that the beavers aren't utilizing.

Otters will also take over the dens of foxes, badgers and rabbits as long as the holes are dug near enough to river banks.