|Tayra Eira barbara|
|Serra Bonita, Camacan, Bahia,
Tayra are distributed in Central and South America from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. They are found in forest of all types as well as in gardens and plantations.
|A member of the
weasel family Mustelidae it is the size of a small
dog. The head can vary in colour from dark brown to
They are either solitary or in pairs and have a large home range of up to 24 km².
|They are omnivorous feeding
on rodents and other small mammals, insects, eggs, fruit and
honey so they are both terrestrial and arboreal. They are not
seen often because they are quite wary but I have seen them as
they crash down a tree having been disturbed by my presence.
Despite being wary, they can get used to humans. This particular individual was seen near the lodge at Serra Bonita. There is a page on Wikipedia with more information.
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