Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge River Otter

By | December 10, 2012
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.

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge River Otter

  1. Don

    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.

  2. Julie G.

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

  3. Dan O. De Ment

    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.