Asian Small-Clawed Otter Husbandry Manual


Maslanka, M.T. and S.D. Crissey (1998) Nutrition and Diet in Asian Small-Clawed Otter Husbandry Manual. D. Lombardi and J. O’Connor, Eds. American Association of Zoos and Aquariums


To sustain a captive population of Asian small-clawed otters, the nutritional needs of the species must be met. Developing appropriate dietary guidelines requires consideration of: (1) feeding ecology, (2) target dietary nutrient values, (3) food items available to zoos, and (4) information collected from diets offered by institutions successfully maintaining/breeding Asian small-clawed otters. This chapter will address these nutritional issues in order to develop dietary guidelines for captive Asian small-clawed otters. It also provides an overview of the information that was gathered from the survey conducted during the fall of 1997 and spring of 1998.

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