River Otter: Lutra canadensis
The river otter (Lutra canadensis) is a long,
elongated water-loving animal found throughout Florida except the
Keys. Its legs are short and has webbed toes for
swimming. The ears are appear large on it's small flattened
Otters have five toes but occasionally only four show in the
track. The heel pad tends to be somewhat "horseshoe"
River otters seem to prefer fresh water, and can be in rivers,
creeks, lakes, ponds, and swamps. Otters live in burrows on
the bank of the water body, often under the roots of a tree.
They may dig their own burrow, or remodel the burrow of a beaver.
They normally feed on animals such as crayfish and fish.
If you have a fish pond an otter may find it.
The best way to control the otter is to exclude the otter from
pond with fencing or a cover. This will also prevent
other animals such as raccoons, or some birds from finding the
goldfish, which are an easy prey item for many species.