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 Tayra (Eira barbara)




Tayra | Eira barbara photo
Tayra photographed in Costa Rica

Photograph by Robert Poletto. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Tayra | Eira barbara photo
Tayra photographed in Costa Rica

Photograph by Rob Poletto. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

TAYRA FACTS

Description
The Tayra is a weasel with a long, bushy tail and long neck with stocky head. The body is usually dark brown, and the head is paler brown. There is usually a white patch on its throat. It is about the size of a medium sized dog

Size
Head and body length: 60cm - 70cm. Tail length 35cm - 45 cm.

Environment
tropical deciduous and evergreen forests. The Tayra can climb and may live in tree hollows, or burrows made by other animals

Food
Mainly eats small mammals. Also fruit, invertebrates and reptiles

Breeding
Two to three young are born after a gestation period of about 63 - 70 days. Young weigh about 75g - 90g at birth. The newborns are helpless and open their eyes after about 35-58 days. They are weaned after 2-3 months.

Range
Mexico south to Bolivia and northern Argentina and also on the island of Trinidad

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Mustelidae
Genus:Eira
Species:barbara
Common Name:Tayra