Neotropical Otter, Contra longicaudis, otter, mammal, honduras

Neotropical Otter (Contra longicaudis)


When Sue and I visited Honduras earlier this year, we spent a couple of days in the expert guiding company of William Orellana. William is a young Honduran guide who has his own company, ‘Beaks and Peaks Birding and Adventure Tours‘. If you ever visit Honduras, I strongly suggest that you consider using William as  your guide as we found him to be excellent in all respects.

One morning, William took us to the beautiful Lake Yojoa, the largest lake in Honduras, which is a great place to look for ducks, herons and assorted wading birds. Later the same day, we returned to the lake for lunch and were very surprised to see an otter-like shape swimming up a small channel towards us. Eventually this creature hauled itself out of the water to reveal itself as a magnificent Neotropical Otter (Contra longicaudis). This was the first time I had seen this species of otter which occurs from southern Mexico, right through Central America and most of South America as well.

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