The Tayra (Eira barbara), is an omnivorous animal from the weasel family Mustelidae. It is the only species in the genus Eira. Tayras live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. In Central America it is known as the Tolomuco. They live in hollow trees, burrows in the ground, or nests of tall grass. They eat mainly fruit, but also carrion, small mammals and birds.
Tayras have an appearance similar to weasels and martens, growing to a size of about 24 inches, not including a 17.75 inch long tail. Most Tayras have either dark brown or black fur with a lighter patch on its chest. The fur on its head changes to brown or gray as it ages. Tayras grow to weigh around eleven pounds. The female gives birth from 2 to 4 black-coated young.
Tayras travel both alone and in groups during both the day and the night. Tayras are expert climbers, and can leap from treetop to treetop when pursued. They can also run fast and swim well. Tayras will eat most anything, hunting rodents and invertebrates, and climbing trees to get eggs and honey. They are attracted to fruit and can be found raiding orchards. Tayras are playful and easily tamed. Indigenous people kept them as household pets to control vermin. In the wild, they are diminishing in numbers due to habitat destruction.