It may seem fashionable to own an exotic pet, but owning an otter as a pet is illegal in most places without a license. They are considered wild animals and have different requirements than the average domestic animal.
Reasons Not to Own a Pet Otter
If you are considering applying for a license to own a pet otter, here are some reasons why you may not want to. Of course, if you work in a zoo or wildlife sanctuary, these reasons will not concern you as much.
Otters have very sharp teeth and bite.
Otters have a musky scent and vaporize much like those of a skunk. They are definitely not inside animals.
Otters are nocturnal
They like to hunt for food at night, and the last sound you need at night while trying to sleep is that of an otter splashing in your pool.
Otters must be near a river
Otters like to hunt fish in a river and can eat a lot of food in a day. Chances are you don’t have secure access to a river.
Otters learn their mother’s survival skills
Otters must learn to survive thanks to their mother. Their mother teaches them these skills until the age of 18 months.
Caring for an otter
Once you have a license for your otter, there are some special requirements you will need to consider.
Water for swimming and food
Otters spend most of their time in the water. They like to live in very cold water and have a high metabolic rate to keep them warm. They can even hold their breath underwater for up to 10 minutes. They are playful creatures who like to hunt fish and eat lots of crustaceans, frogs, sea urchins and invertebrates.
However, as you keep them in an unnatural enclosure, these foods will need to be introduced. Otters eat 15 to 25% of their body weight per day, and that’s a lot of fish. In the wild, they can spend up to five hours a day looking for food. They can reach a weight of 100 pounds, so plan to provide them with lots of food each day.
The behavior of the mating season
Otters can become very aggressive during the mating season, so you need to make sure that pets or other animals are not close by, as an otter will drag an animal into the water and eat it.
By whatever means, you have obtained a baby otter and want to raise it yourself (do not approach an adult otter), you can see that there is more to take care of. a pet otter than you see. For your own good and that of the otter, why not hand it over to the authorities who will know what to do with it for its survival.