Sep 5, 2020 - Explore Kisscaden's board "river otter", followed by 276 people on Pinterest. Their favorites are fish such as suckers, minnows, sunfish, bass, and minnows. See more ideas about otters, otter love, river otter. River otters, by reputation, are playful and carefree. The Outside Story is assigned and edited byNorthern Woodlands, www.northernwoodlands.org, and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation: wellborn@nhcf.org. Otters munch from an aquatic menu. TROY, N.H. — Officials in a New Hampshire town have closed the Town Hall and are taking appointments only following threats they received after... CLAREMONT — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced another 711 new COVID-19 cases across the state... Natalie Sinkew has worked her way through more word searches than she can count in her weeks of bedridden isolation at Queen City Nursing &... A North American river otter enjoys a frozen meat treat at the National Zoo in Washington. I wanted a small piece of this to sink into my skin. In this fascinating volume, acclaimed author Barbara Juster Esbensen explores the world of the North American river otter, describing its behavior and characteristics in poetic detail. At first he was just my boy, a chubby little toddler, happy to snuggle and follow his big sister around. The inner toe is the smallest and is set further back in the track. River otters are aquatic mammals. Photo: Megan Isadore, RIGHT: Otter holt (den) with slide var photocredit = photocredit.toUpperCase(); (Washington Post photo by Katherine Frey)\r\n\r\n'"; Dr. Serfass concluded, “Although river otters use sliding for locomotion, our observation of three river otters repeatedly sliding down an incline suggests that in some cases sliding is also a form of play behavior.”. He repeated and repeated until at last he fell asleep at the bottom of his sliding trough, a smile on his red cheeked face. var photocredit = "'Adelaide Tyrol illustration' '(Adelaide Tyrol illustration)'"; objLink.LinkClass = "mycapturelink"; Slides: The most obvious and best-known evidence of otters — mud or ice/snow. Their small heads widen to long necks and shoulders, and they have flattened, well-muscled tails. I lay at the top of the hill on my belly. Lively, clever, and curious, otters are best known for their sense of fun. They have long, narrow bodies, with long tails and short legs. Their playful snow and mud sliding, tail chasing, water play, and snow burrowing activities also serve other purposes—they help strengthen social bonds and let young otters … The native otters will slide on their bellies 10 feet or more across the snow as an effective mode of overland travel in winter months. The illustration for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol. Once while hiking along the edge of a remote pond in New Hampshire’s north woods, I heard chirping and saw a mother otter and her three kits, their nut-brown heads dipping up and down in the water. #WildNebraska if (photocredit.indexOf(sellablestring) > -1) { This is the image we’ve been given for centuries now. Otters also tend to dine on the fish they have caught on the bank in the same area, so there may be an area beside the pond that is riddled with fish bones and scales. North American river otter, Lontra canadensis, in captivity. An otter track is 3 1/4″ (80 mm) wide or more, about 4” long, and often show only heel pad and claws. Otter scat is usually greenish black, contains fish scales, and smells like musk mixed with fish. if (photocredit.indexOf(sellablestring) > -1) { objLink.LinkContent = " » Buy this Image"; 01608.jpg Front paw of an otter; Garst; No date ... 11719.jpg River otter; Jeff Foott; 1979 . Otter Slide. Slides … If you believe local news is essential, please consider subscribing or making a donation today. objLink.BackText = "Go back to the Valley News"; River otters as a whole look quite similar to weasels. var objLink = new myC_Remote.BuyLink(); River otters dive into snow on river banks and steep slopes, slide under the snow and pop out several feet lower. objLink.Render(); Snowslides 12″ (300 mm) wide or wider, up to 25′ (7.5 m) long; often on flat ground, sometimes pitted with blurred prints where otter … Among young animals, it’s often a way to learn and practice certain skills, or establish social status in a group. Sliding and wrestling, belly flopping, and somersaulting, river otters really know how to play! Otters are known for their play. A belly slide down a snow-covered hill. The long heel left an imprint here, which does not always happen. Otters also can be identified by the evidence they leave behind. Lures North American river otters are active year-round, and are most active at night and during crepuscular hours. They slide on wet mud. A quick game of hide-and-seek. They can run as fast as a man and on hard snow or ice reach speeds of more than 15 miles per hour (24 km/hr) by alternately running and sliding. objLink.IsAboveImage = false; I recognized their behavior. Scat most often found on banks of stream or pond, on logs, or on rocks in water. The otter’s large left hind foot landed on a left front bobcat track. var sellablestring = "COPYRIGHT VALLEY NEWS"; Wallows or rolling places: These occur along water edges, crossover places and marshes, and are recognized by an area where the grasses or dirt have been flattened and raked or scratched into several small, twisted piles. But is this reputation true? My own observations suggest yes. Oct 26, 2018 - Explore Lori Lee Rudy's board "River Otter", followed by 135 people on Pinterest. Photo: © Kim A. Cabrera 2010, RIGHT: Otter Tracks in Sand, Point Reyes National Seashore It is common to find a trail leading away from the slide. question, and the show transitions into the animated segment. Mud slides down steep banks into the water are commonly used in many northern areas as the otter or family of otter take turns climbing the bank to slide down the slide into the water head first. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. I have been living with an otter. var currentLocation = window.location; Any small ditch, creek, or stream that connects to another body of water is likely to be an otter travel-way. Their dense, short under-fur is overlain by darker, coarse guard hairs that help repel wa… objLink.Credit = "'Adelaide Tyrol illustration'"; The river otter is cute and has long whiskers and almost human-looking hands. I knew then that I should have named him Lontra canadensis, instead of Liam Samuel. 3 slides A river otter does its “scat dance” along the Green River in Kent, Washington. Otter often use latrines where scat is concentrated. LEFT: Otter slide with tracks Beaver slides down a mountain on his tail, to which a laughing Otter replies, “The slide was perfect, but look what you have done to your tail!” While North American river otters are not endangered, their populations are still threatened by humans. North American river otters only settle in areas that consist of vegetation, rock piles, and sufficient coverage. Dogs often find otter scent-marking places and roll in them. Irregular, sometimes short, rounded segments, sometimes flattened masses, containing fish bones, scales, or crayfish parts; when fresh, often greenish and slimy. Learn more at the links below. River otter in Yellowstone Lake; Harlan Kredit; 1974 . var sellablestring = "COPYRIGHT VALLEY NEWS"; Using camera and video traps in a remote area of Pennsylvania, Dr. Serfass and his team captured video of three wild otters visiting a regularly used latrine site along the shoreline of a river. North American River Otters are the charismatic clowns (and the largest members) of the weasel family, well-known for their playful antics and excellent swimming abilities. When a pine cone falls into the water, the otter gets distracted and slides back down to play with the pine cone. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" They play, they slide, they run, they’re social, and they create sign that is easy to distinguish from other species. var photocredit = "'Washington Post — Katherine Frey' 'A North American river otter enjoys a frozen meat treat at the National Zoo in Washington. River Otters dive to depths of at least 60 feet (18 m) and can stay submerged for more than 4 minutes. Sometimes, the claws do not show in tracks. In my slippery winter coat, I slid down the hill head first, leaving my mark and giving proof to the otters that I knew how to play, too. objLink.BackText = "Go back to the Valley News"; You may notice a thick, yellowish deposit near latrines. I watched them watching me, all of us seemingly curious about one another. objLink.LinkTarget = "_blank"; Toes fan out widely, but webbing rarely prints, except in mud. We continue to make our coronavirus coverage free to everyone at www.vnews.com/coronavirus. They may migrate as a result of food shortages or environmental conditions, but they do not migrate annually. Slides: The most obvious and best-known evidence of otters — mud or ice/snow. Several otters may use the same slide, over and over and over. LEFT: Otter scat in eelgrass on Tomolas Bay. var currentheadline = document.getElementById("headline").innerText; River otters. They will also eat birds and vegetation. River otters dive into snow on river banks and steep slopes, slide under the snow and pop out several feet lower. These otters have brown-to-gray fur, and their undersides are a lighter, silvery shade. objLink.LinkTarget = "_blank"; This is especially true of small drainages that lead to or from a marsh, lake, or pond where the otters like to hunt. A group of otters wizzes down a muddy slide on their bellies, splashes into the water, then turns and immediately scrambles up the embankment for another go. Otters tend to enter and leave ponds in the same place, which over time creates a worn area known as an otter slide. objLink.Render(); In Kentucky, river otters are the largest members of the Mustelidae family, which also includes skunks, weasels, and mink. Watch for this sign on the surface of frozen lakes and any bank that provides even a slight decline. My own observations suggest yes. objLink.Notes = "From this page " + currentLocation; Slides are a common sign of river otter presence and there are often several in a river otter’s home range. It was play. Otter will slide along the snow on their sleek bellies and create 8-inch-wide swaths that can run for 20 feet or more. The habits and methods of eating differ by species as well. He still loves to slide and fish. As in other mammals, including humans, play can serve a variety of useful purposes. The vegetation is usually flattened out, and the area may contain numerous piles of otter scat, often comprised of fish scales or crayfish parts. However, a large ship sails by, and the otter gets sucked through a porthole and into the ship's h… See more ideas about river otter, otters, otter love. They like to forage near shorelines, overhanging banks, and areas where fish are found. 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