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male and female portrait Playful, affectionate and intelligent, young river otters love to bounce up streamside hills only to dive right back down mud or snow slides into the water. Primarily fish eaters, otters also catch and eat frogs, crustaceans and turtles. Otters excavate their burrows by digging from below water level up into the drier soil in the bank.
They are sensitive to changes in water quality and temperature, since watersheds degraded by deforestation, willow removal, erosion, overgrazing and
channelization can rarely support the healthy fish populations they require.