Tayra

Widespread in tropical and subtropical forests Central and South America

Ninahale

The tayra has a slender and long body that looks similar to martens or weasels. Their body, limbs, and tail are covered with short, dark brown to black fur and an orange or yellow spot on the chest. The coat on the head and neck has a lighter shade. They also have strong claws that are short and curved, which are adapted for running and climbing.

They are speedy runners and exceptional climbers. They could climb down from a smooth tree trunk from heights of more than 40 m (130 ft). These animals are opportunistic omnivores that feed on rodents, small mammals, lizards, birds, invertebrates, fruits, and honey.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Argentina
2015
Belize
2015
Bolivia
2015
Brazil
2015
Colombia
2015
Costa Rica
2015
Ecuador
2015
El Salvador
2015
French Guiana
2015
Guatemala
2015
Guyana
2015
Honduras
2015
Mexico
2015
Nicaragua
2015
Panama
2015
Paraguay
2015
Peru
2015
Suriname
2015
Trinidad & Tobago
2015
Venezuela
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No