Neotropical River Otter
Did you know that the Neotropical River Otter does not only eat fish? Here it digs into rotting wood for a tasty larva or even a frog if he is lucky.
Otter - Ja’ilpeek’
Otter is one of the animals found in Belize known in Yucatec Maya as Ja'ilpeek'(ha'ilpeek'). Ja'ilpeek' means "perro de agua."
They have a soft, wooly undercoat covered by coarse, shiny guard hairs. These guard hairs keep the undercoat dry when the animal is wet, keeping the animal warm and insulated. Unlike other aquatic mammals like seals, otters lack an insulating layer of body fat, so they rely solely on their fur to keep them warm and dry.
Although they feed mainly on fish, crustaceans, and mollusks, they are opportunistic feeders, and will also feed on insects, small reptiles, birds, and small mammals. They consume smaller prey in the water but take larger prey to the shore before eating it.
Photograph by Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team
The delightful children of Island Academy, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize composed and performed these two songs as part of the Be Kind Belize Humane Education programme. They are too cute for words.
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