Kruger Park Mammals - Cape Clawless Otter

The Cape Clawless Otter (Canis mesomelas), sometimes called the African Clawless Otter, is one of the more common smaller predators in the park. They can weigh up to 15 kilograms and live up to 12 years.

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The Cape Clawless Otter can be found all over the Kruger National Park, from dams, to pans, to seasonal waters. But they are most common along perennial rivers in the Kruger. The Sabie, Olifants and Letaba rivers have the highest populations of Cape Clawless Otter in the Kruger.

Where To Find Cape Clawless Otter in the Kruger National Park...

More Information On Kruger's Cape Clawless Otter

The Cape Clawless Otter, despite it's cute appearance, is very aggressive and will fight off predators and intruders. They have very good hearing and sight and their main predator in the Kruger is the Nile Crocodile. The Cape Clawless Otter are opportunistic predators that will feed on anything from fish, frogs and snakes, to birds and rodents. They are very meticulous about their eating habits and always keep themselves clean.

Kruger Park Cape Clawless Otter Gallery

Cape Clawless Otter tracks in the kruger national park