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Has an appearance similar to weasels and martens, growing to a size of about 60 cm (23.6 in), not including a 45 cm (17.7 in) long tail. From the photo is appears to have either dark brown or black fur. There might be a with a lighter patch on its chest, but it is no viewable. The Tayras appears to be young, but might grow to weigh around 5 kilograms (11 pounds), ranging from 2.7 to 7.5 kg (6-16.5 pounds).
spotted in a dry tropical forest in a known animal trail at the tail end of the summer season. There may have been one or two fires occurring on neighboring farmland.
Also known as the tolomuco or perico ligero in Central America, irara in Brazil, san hol or viejo de monte in the Yucatan Peninsula, and high-woods dog (or historically chien bois.