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#832 Oriental Small-Clawed Otters - Amersfoort Zoo (the Netherlands)

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Oriental Small-Clawed Otters at DierenPark Amersfoort (Amersfoort Zoo - the Netherlands)

The oriental small-clawed otter, also known as the Asian small-clawed otter, is the smallest otter species in the world, weighing less than 5 kg.
It lives in mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands of Bangladesh, Burma, India, southern China, Taiwan, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its paws are a distinctive feature, its claws not extending beyond the fleshy end pads of its partially
webbed fingers and toes. This gives it a high degree of manual dexterity so that it can use its paws to feed on molluscs, crabs
and other small aquatic animals.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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