Southern Mexico to Argentina
Wild - Mammals, birds, and fruit
Zoo - Meat, fruit, eggs, rats, and mice
They look somewhat like a cross between a weasel and an otter, having a long body and tail. Their coat is coarse and is dark brown or black on the body, with a lighter brown head. They have a yellow or white spot on their chest.
- Tayras are forest dwellers climbing trees well and can leap from tree to tree.
- They rest in hollow logs or trees.
- They swim well.
- They were tamed and used for rodent control by the Indians.
- They can live over 17 years.
Tayras can have 2 young.
CITES App. III; due to habitat destruction and hunting they have become threatened.
Walker's Mammals of the World, Vol. II, Ronald M. Nowak
The Management of Wild Mammals in Captivity, Lee S. Crandall