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Otter

(Lutra lutra) The otter population has decreased in a disastrous way in our country since the 1950s, when it was common all over the country. Nowadays the otter is quite common in northern Sweden and in small scattered groups in southern Sweden. In the winter the male and the female live together, otherwise they live alone. In most cases the pups are born in May in our country. They weigh around 130 grams and are blind during the first two weeks. Usually they are two and suckled for two months, but they stay with their mother for a whole year.

Order:Predators (Carnivora)
Family:Weasels (Mustelidae)
Weight:Males 8-12 kilos
Females: 6-8 kilos
Life span:Up to 18-20 years
Mating period:Probably two mating periods. March-April and possibly also during the summer.
Gestation period:60 - 63 days. Possibly also so called delayed implantation.
Pups:

In most cases 2, but can vary between 1 and 5. They become sexually mature after 2-3 years.