Tayras are members of the weasel family known as Mustelidae. Mustelids are the largest family in the order carnivora. They have short legs and long bodies. Tayra generally travel alone or in pairs but will occasionally form small groups. Tayras live in hollow trees, burrows or terrestrial nests made of grasses.They are both terrestrial (ground dwelling) and arboreal (tree dwelling). Their long tail helps them to balance when moving from tree to tree. Tayra are mainly diurnal (up during the day) but will have bursts of activity at dusk and dawn.
Reproduction cycle in the wild is not well documented. It is believed that gestation lasts for about 63-70 days, with a litter size of 2-3 offspring per season. There is differing opinions from biologists on whether they are seasonal or non-seasonal breeders.