Asian Short Clawed Otter

(Aonyx cinereus)


Asian Short Clawed Otters are the smallest of all 13 otter species and are native to Asia. They have thick, insulating fur made from short hairs kept clean and healthy by their constant grooming. Asian Short Clawed Otters have short but very flexible sensitive claws useful for digging, climbing, and grabbing hold of prey.


Animal Class: Mammals.

Distribution: North-Western and South-Western India, Southern China, the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, Borneo and the Riau Archipelago, and Palawan Island in the Philippines.

Habitat: Forests, shrubland, grassland, wetlands, streams, estuaries, marine coastal.

Diet: Crustaceans, molluscs, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish. They are also partial to a small amount of fruit and veg.

Appearance: Brown fur, small claws, and incomplete webbing between the digits. 

Size: Approximately 61 cm. Weigh less than 4.5kg.

Lifespan: Up to 20 years. 



Population Trend



Habitat destruction.


Approximately 5,000 individuals

Did you know?

These small mustelids can often be seen washing their food in the pond before they eat it.

See our Asian Short Clawed Otters!

There are two Asian Short Clawed Otters at the Zoo. Their names are Ollie and Mr Chips. You can find them next to the zipwire.

Meet our Asian Short Clawed Otters!

Come face to face with our Asian Short Clawed Otters at Ponderosa Zoo! Help feed them, take photos, and find out everything you want to know about them.  

Adopt an Asian Short Clawed Otter!

Adopt an Asian Short Clawed Otter and receive lots of goodies, including a certificate, a magnet, a bookmark, a free ticket to Ponderosa Zoo for the adopter and more!


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