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African Clawless Otters

Ed the Otter

African clawless otters not only do not have claws on their front paws, but they also have no webbing between their toes. Their fingers are very dextrous. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, and are specialist eaters of freshwater crabs, although they will eat other things too. They live in families comprising two parents, the current cubs and sometimes a cub from the previous litter.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Goy, who has them living wild near his house in South Africa