Eira – Tayra

Widespread in tropical and subtropical forests in Central and South America

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 opportunistic omnivores feed on rodents, small mammals, lizards, birds, invertebrates, fruits, and honey.