They may appear cute and cuddly, but as one alligator soon learned, otters can be vicious predators.
These photos show an otter overpowering a juvenile gator and despite the reptile doing its best, it was no match for the fanged weasel-cousin.
Although they mainly feed on fish, they often add shellfish, crabs and small mammals to their diet and it is not unheard of that they go for larger animals and reptiles such as juvenile or small alligators.
North American river otters can grow to be three to four feet long and weigh between 10 and 30lbs and must eat the equivalent of 15 per cent of their own body weight each day to keep warm.
Its geographical location, which overlaps subtropical and temperate climates allows for a high diversity in types of animals, including 215 species of birds, 22 species of amphibian and 50 species of reptiles.