What do otters eat?
Credit:Enrique R Aguirre AvesOxford ScientificGetty Images
Q:

What do otters eat?

A:

Quick Answer

Most otters eat crayfish, crabs, fish, frogs and other aquatic invertebrates. The diet of otters varies, however, depends on the species, location of residence and availability of food sources. Small otters generally consume small mollusks, crayfish and crabs, while the largest species eat fish, frogs and even land mammals such as birds, rodents and rabbits.

 Know More

Full Answer

Giant otters and other larger species consume prey such as minnows, trout, salmon and crabs in shallow waters and along coastlines. Cape clawless and small-clawed Asian otters, which are among the smallest breeds, dine primarily on soft-shell and blue crabs and supplement their intakes with lobsters, squid, clams and mussels. They occasionally snatch frogs and small insects from shorelines and may also consume eggs of birds and other land animals. Occasionally, two or more species of otters live in one location. However, the diets of species are often quite different, and only in times of scarcity do coinhabiting species compete for food. In Thailand, for instance, three species of otters share overlapping territories. Here, the smallest small-clawed otters eat crabs, while smooth otters consume larger fish, and the largest Eurasian otters eat small fish and amphibians. Regardless of what they eat, otters must feed constantly because they have high metabolic rates to generate the heat they need to stay warm.

Learn more about Marine Mammals
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What do bottlenose dolphins eat?

    A:

    Bottlenose dolphins eat a variety of fish, squid and crustaceans such as crabs and shrimp. The type of food available to the dolphin is dependent upon its location, so some dolphins will eat more crustaceans, while others will eat more squid.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do dolphins eat?

    A:

    The bottlenose dolphin's diet consists primarily of fish and marine invertebrates. Other dolphins eat a variety of foods depending on their species, available food and the methods they have learned for hunting.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do minks eat?

    A:

    Minks eat crayfish, frogs, ducks, mice, rabbits, fish, shrews and other small mammals. Their diet varies depending on the time of year and will change to fit the needs of the season.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What do bass eat?

    A:

    Bass eat almost anything they can, including crayfish, insects, lizards, shrimp, eels, snakes, frogs, baby birds and other fish, including other bass. Due to their soft fins and small size, threadfin shad are considered to be the bass' favorite food. However, in general, the bass' diet depends entirely on what is available in their habitat, as they tend to eat whatever swims by, as long as it is the right size.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore