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Brazilian Tapir Skull Female Replica measures 15.9 inches 41cm. The Brazilian Tapir Skull Female Replica is Museum quality cast in Polyurethane resins. Made in USA. Polyurethane cast of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. Tapirus terrestris. Columbia- Venezuela to upper Argentina-lower Brazil. Endangered. A tapir is a large herbivorous mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile snout. Tapirs inhabit jungle and forest regions of South America, Central America, and Southeastern Asia. The five extant species of tapirs are the Brazilian tapir, Malayan tapir, Baird’s tapir, Kabomani tapir, and the mountain tapir.
The South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris), also commonly called the Brazilian tapir (from the Tupi tapi’ira), the Amazonian tapir, the maned tapir, the lowland tapir, in Portuguese anta, and in mixed Quechua and Spanish sachavaca (literally “bushcow”), is one of the four widely recognized species in the tapir family, along with the mountain tapir, the Malayan tapir, and Baird’s tapir. The South American tapir is the largest surviving native terrestrial mammal in the Amazon
T. terresrtris is dark brown, paler in the face, and has a low, erect crest running from the crown down the back of the neck. The round, dark ears have distinctive white edges. Newborn tapirs have a dark brown coat, with small white spots and stripes along the body. The South American tapir can attain a body length of 5.9 to 8.2 feet with a 2.0 to 3.9 in. short stubby tail and an average weight around 496 lbs. It stands somewhere between 30 to 43 in. at the shoulder.
T. terrestris is an excellent swimmer and diver, but also moves quickly on land, even over rugged, mountainous terrain. It has a life span of approximately 25 to 30 years. In the wild, its main predators are crocodilians, only the black caiman and Orinoco crocodile, are large enough to take these tapirs and large cats, such as the jaguar and cougar, which often attack tapirs at night when tapirs leave the water and sleep on the riverbank. The South American tapir is also attacked by the green anaconda. T. terrestris is known to run to water when scared to take cover.
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