Animals of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
With a head-body length of around 60 cm cm the Tayra is a relatively large marten - a member of the weasel family.
The playful animals live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. They live on the ground though they are also excellent climbers. The fur of a tayra is a dark brown or black and it has a thick bushy tail which mainly distinguishes it them from the jaguarundi, a small wild cat which has a slender long tail.
Tayras are voraceous and omnivorous predators which can even kill grown up iguanas. Their eye sight is poor but they have an excellent sense of smell to locate food.