Hairy-Nosed Otter

July 28th, 2010

The hairy-nosed otter is the world’s endangered otter species. Now it is expected to seen in Deramakot Forest Reserve, which is located in the Malaysian state of Sabah. After hundred years it found in Deramakot.

Otters are partially-aquatic mammals. Otter is of the family Mustelidae, like Weasels, Polecats and Badgers. There are 12 species found in Otter.

Their main food is fish, aquatic animals, invertebrates, birds and small mammals. They also eat frogs, crayfish, crabs and shellfish. Otters can live up to 10 years. Their gestation period is vary from about 60 to 86 days.

The latest release shows that Otter is one of the rare mammal species found in the forest reserve from 2008 to 2009. The researchers from German and Malaysia started their search about Otter by setting camera-trap in the forest thereby conducted the survey.

They mainly focus on the area on the northern island of Borneo which is divided from Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. They first spotted the animal in 2008. The experts didn’t believe that this species is survived only after the camera-trap picture was taken.

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