River Otter

Otter slide (Algonquin Park, February 2015)

Otter slide (Algonquin Park, February 2015)

Otter slides have a trail width of 6-10 inches (15.2 – 25.4 cm).  They make overland trails to get from one water body to another.

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter Tracks in an Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, Janaury 2015)

Otter Tracks in an Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter feet are webbed.  Webbing is most apparent on the hind track.  The smallest toe is located on the inside of the track.  Front tracks show a heel pad.  Rear tracks do not show a heel pad.

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter slides are made when the otter slides on its belly and pushes forward with its feet.  This creates a trough in the snow.  Otters like to slide anywhere that they can.

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

Otter Slide (Algonquin Park, January 2015)

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