Fine art illustration of an Asian Small-Clawed Otter. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The Asian or Oriental Small-Clawed Otter was completed on 12.3.2014. Some time ago I became fascinated with these wonderful little animals. Living in the Bay Area, not far from the Monterey area, Sea otters figure pretty large in the local mindset. I decided to create a collage of some various species of otter, as I had already drawn 3-4 of them. I'll likely be adding an African Clawless Otter shortly. The drawing is based on a photo by Nigel Wedge and was used with his permission.
The Asian or Oriental Small-Clawed Otter is a member of the family Mustelidae. They're native to the mangrove swamps, tidal pools and freshwater wetlands of much of Southeast Asia and southern China. Of all otter species in the world, Aonyx cinerea is the smallest of them all. Their name comes from the relatively small claws they have, which barely extend out past the pads of their paws. Like other otter species, they are highly skilled hunters and can feed upon a large variety of animals, such as crustaceans and molluscs, smaller invertebrates, amphibians and fish. They will also prey on smaller mammals and reptiles. Due to habit loss, pollutions and loss of food sources they are now considered vulnerable by some environmental organizations.