It may seem trendy to own an exotic pet, but owning an otter as a pet is illegal in most localities without a permit. They are considered wildlife and have requirements that are different from those of the average household pet.
Reasons Not to Own a Pet Otter
If you are considering applying for a permit to own a pet otter, here are some reasons why you may not want to. Of course, if you work at a zoo or wildlife sanctuary, then these reasons won’t concern you as much.
Otters have very sharp teeth, and they bite.
Otters have a musky scent and spray very much like a skunk’s spray. They are definitely not inside animals.
Otters are Nocturnal
They like to hunt for food at night, and the last sound you need at night while you are trying to sleep is that of an otter splashing in your swimming pool.
Otters Need to Be Near a River
Otters like to hunt fish in a river and can eat lots of food in a day. Chances are, you don’t have secure access to a river.