Communication in the Spotted-Necked Otter

Vocal Communication

According to the University of Michigan Animal Diversity Web these otters may be quite vocal.
  1. Davis in Otters: Proceedings of the First Working Meeting of the Otter Specialist Group (1977), who had a pet otter of this species, records that the anxiety call is F! rather than the usual otter Hah!.
  2. He also records the contact call as a lutra-like chirp (occasionally on two syllables), though Animal Diversity Web describes a harsh mewing.
  3. Animal Diversity Web speaks of a high-pitched squeaking distress call.
  4. Davis also records that the female has a complex bird-like burble of metallic chirps which she uses particularly for communicating with her cubs.
  5. Spotted-Necked Otter