Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge River Otter

River Otter

Oklahoma River Otter Chewing On Something

A River Otter

A River Otter

I have been visiting the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma for over 20 years and I think this is the first time I have been able to observe a River Otter for a long period of time. This Otter was diving a creek area near the road so I was able to sit in my vehicle and watch it while it searched for food. This took place for over an hour.

For most Otters, fish is the staple of their diet. This is often supplemented by frogs, crayfish and crabs. Some otters are expert at opening shellfish, and others will feed on available small mammals or birds.

Otters are very active, chasing prey in the water or searching the beds of rivers, lakes or the seas. Most species live beside water, but river otters usually enter it only to hunt or travel, otherwise spending much of their time on land to avoid their fur becoming waterlogged.

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  1. Dan Huber December 10, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Great shots Steve – Otters are such a neat animal.

  2. Steve Creek December 10, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Thank you Dan and I agree.

  3. Don December 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    I got to hand it to you on this one Steve; this is great shot that obviously patience was a virtue. I have not had such good fortune stalking a beaver up the creek here.

  4. Steve Creek December 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Thank you Don! It did take awhile.

  5. Julie G. December 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Otter are one of my favorite animals. Fantastic photographs! How lucky you were to see this sweet critter.

  6. Beverly Everson December 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Cute, cute, cute!

  7. Steve Creek December 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Thanks Julie and Beverly!

  8. Mia McPherson December 13, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    Otters are adorable and these images show that well Steve!

  9. Steve Creek December 13, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Thank you Mia!

  10. Carol Matttingly December 16, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    He looks to be fussing at you. He’s adorable. Tried to find the otters at Mustatatuck but not yet.

  11. Dan O. De Ment December 17, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    Steve: What a tremendous capture…it was neat you were able to observe the otter for so long. Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge must be a great spot.

  12. Steve Creek December 17, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    It is for me Dan! I would be at that refuge every day if I lived closer.