What does a Tayra consume to live: it is omnivorous, they choose smaller mammals(like the rat) but they have been known to eat reptiles, vegetables and fruits.
It produces its litter (2 to 3) after gestating for seventy days, approximately.Newborns would open the eyes when they are 35 to 58 days old, and nursing occursfor 2 to 3 months, again, on the average. Captivity-wise, longevity is up to 18 years. They are diurnal, living in family sets. One impressive thing about them isthat they are both be terrestrial and arboreal, which helps them escaping from chasing predators.
These weasels had been used by different peoples for rodent-hunting. It has beenknown that they also feed on sugar fields and poultry, it cannot be said that they do drastic harm to the economic side of human's life.
Which zoos have them?Birmingham Zoo (United States)
The Tayra is listed as Least Concern (LR/lc), lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
CountriesArgentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela
Some facts about the
Adult weight : 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs)
Maximum longevity : 22 years
Female maturity :700 days
Male maturity : 183 days
Gestation : 66 days
Weaning : 75 days
Litter size : 2
Weight at birth : 0.083 kg (0.1826 lbs)
Weight at weaning : 1.708 kg (3.7576 lbs)
Basal metabolic rate : 7 W
Body mass : 2.95 kg (6.49 lbs)
Temperature : 38.85 °C (101.93 °F)