SPECIES: SMOOTH-COATED OTTER (Lutrogale perspicillata)
 
Otters often travel in search of available food resources and better grooming and den sites. Equally comfortable on land and water, they travel across fields and if needed at times don’t shy away from crossing the road. It is interesting to study how they have adapted to cross the road with moderate traffic. Over a period of time they have learned to time crossing the road like humans do to avoid road kills. Below are some evidences of Otter activity on the road. Let us see how they do it.
Large families of 15+ individuals have been spotted by villages while crossing the road. Otter foot prints can be seen on the road.



And during the night when there is no traffic; they rest, groom and defecate on the road or along the roadside.

In the picture below we can see a large defecating area on the road.



Otters grooming along the roadside.



Below we have an otter pair crossing the road.



Just 2 minutes earlier a vehicle had passed. See the time stamp at the bottom of the image.



Below is the habitat variation on both sides of the road.