Tayra

Tayra

Tayra
Eira barbara


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Carnivora
FAMILY
Mustelidae

Range

Southern Mexico to Argentina


Habitat

Forests


Diet

Meat, fruit, eggs, rats, and mice

Weight

5 – 11 lbs.

Size

14 - 18.5 in.

Gestation

63 – 67 days

Young

1 - 3 cubs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

CITES

Appendix II

Facts

  • The tayra is a member of the weasel family, which also includes otters, skunks, and minks.
  • On the ground, they run and bounce with the back arched and the tail along the ground.
  • In the trees, they climb and move swiftly, using the tail for balance.
  • The tayra is a solitary animal, diurnal with activity peaks at dawn and dusk.

 

Conservation

They face threats from habitat destruction and the spread of agriculture. There is not evidence about trapping or hunting of the species.

Least Concern

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