SIZE: Length (including tail) 1,3 m, mass 14 kg.
COLOUR: Light greyish-brown to very dark brown, with a silvery sheen. Cheeks, snout, throat and chest are white and the ears have a whitish edge.
GESTATION PERIOD: 9 weeks
POTENTIAL LONGEVITY: 16 years
MOST LIKE: The Spotted-Necked Otter, which is the only other species of otter in southern Africa. The Cape clawless otter is longer, very much heavier and lacks the neck spots of its cousin.
HABITAT: Grassland, scrub or forest in the vacinity of rivers, streams, lakes, swamps, dams and marine estuaries. Also rock pools along certain parts of the coast. When they occur in coastal waters, a supply of fresh water is an essential habitat requirement.