Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54511 Description:Animal characteristics:Head-Body Length: 90-115 cm
Weight:4-6 kg
Identification:The tayra is dark brown to black in color with a yellow or white patch on its throat.
Habitat:Forests
Diet:Omnivore: vegetable matter, fruit, birds, small mammals
Reproduction:After gestating for 63-67 days, female tayras give birth to three kits in May.
Tayras can often be found in pairs or small groups.
Behavior:Tayras are often compared to the North American fisher or to other martens.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The tayra has a large home range of 10-24 square kilometers, where they will travel between 2-8 kilometers in this range per day. They are fond of papayas and can become tame if undisturbed when they raid fruit near houses and can be kept as a pet. They were once used by indigenous people to control rodents.
Scientific Classification:Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Eira
Genus species:Eira barbata
Geographic:Southern North America
Northern South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Tayra
weasel
Mustelidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Predatory animals