This month Becky’s Squares are focusing on odd things – you can interpret this any way you want so I am going to take you all to the zoo this month. San Diego Zoo to be precise and the photos featured will be either odd looking animals, animals with odd names, odd facts or slightly odd photos. I hope you’ll enjoy my selection.
The spotted-necked otter or speckle-throated otter lives throughout sub-Sahara countries from Guinea Bissau to south-west Ethiopia and in the south eastern South Africa. The Latin name Hydrictis maculicollis breaks down to water (hydro) spotted (macula) neck (collis). The uniquely patterned spots on their chests are dappled with cream-colored or white patches, contrasting their brown to red fur. The average length of a spotted-necked otter is about 2.5 feet, and they typically weigh between 7-13 pounds, with the males being slightly larger. They have long, flattened tails and are highly flexible, easily able to touch their tails with their noses. They can live alone or in large social groups.
If you want to join in either daily, weekly or just on the odd occasion then please visit Becky, the only rule is that the main photo MUST be a square – that is four equal sides! You have been warned 😉
14 thoughts on “We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo”
One of my favourite species of animal – and these ones look extra special.
It would have been nice to get more of the spots, but hey ho, even animals in zoos don’t pose for pictures.
I don’t know all these animals that don’t realise they are there to pose for us and our cameras!
Becky’s right. He’s not very odd, but glad to meet him. And I meant to say yesterday – I love your header image.
Odd fact today 😁
I like your take on this month’s squares, Jude. Good thinking, and a fine photo, and thank you for the natural history ‘top-up’.
I do like to have a theme for the squares and when looking for subjects suddenly had a light-bulb moment.
Oh I love otters! Watching them play always makes me happy 🙂
By coincidence, I watched a report on the BBC yesterday. Apparently, Otter numbers are reducing by around 30%, due to raw sewage being released into rivers. Shameful!
(The report was from Wales, but similar problems were noticed all over the UK)
Best wishes, Pete. x
Our rivers are getting worse!
If only I could touch my tail end with my nose. That would be a feat! 🙂
I can still just about touch my toes without bending 😅
I can touch my toes with my fingers, but not with my nose. 😆
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