This photo is among my favorites that I captured when I was trying to get a picture of a raccoon. I caught a glimpse of some movement out of the corner of my eye. Turning my attention to the movement I saw an otter pop its head out of the water and quickly duck underwater only for another to pop up a few feet away. This happened repeatedly reminding me of the old Whack-a-Mole arcade game so I waited for one to re-appear and was able to get this when one re-surfaced.

The river otter is adapted for both land and water with short legs, webbed toes, and a strong, flattened tail with five toes and the heel pads that tends to be horseshoe shaped. Their ears appear large on its small flattened head with fur rangeing from light to dark, rich brown. Otters found throughout Florida except in the the Keys and prefer fresh water rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, and swamps. They live in burrows on the bank of the water body, often under tree roots where they may dig their own burrow or take over a beaver’s burrow and remodel it for themselves. River otters feed on crayfish and fish usually during night time.

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