Asian small-clawed otters have brown fur on top and are pale grey underneath with a layer of guard fur over a fine undercoat to keep them warm when in water.
The webbing on their paws is incomplete and their claws do not go past the fingertips. This allows for greater dexterity, moving rocks and branches while searching for their food, where other species catch prey with their mouths. They are semi-aquatic animals with a strong tail used to power them through water while swimming.
Asian small-clawed otters live in social groups, with their extended family, that can consist of up to 20 individuals. They are very social animals that can often be seeing playing in the water an on-mud banks. They are very vocal, having 12 vocalisations recognised.