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Lowland Tapir
Lowland Tapir
General Information
Universe Real Life
Aliases Anta
Brazilian Tapir
Danta
South American Tapir
Classification Tapirus terrestris
Species Type Tapir
Homeworld Earth
Environment Central America
South America
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Lifespan 25 - 30 years
Reproduction Sexual
Average Height 77 to 108 cm (30 to 43 in) at the shoulder
Average Weight 150 to 320 kg (330 to 710 lb)
Average: 225 kg (496 lb)
Average Length 1.8 to 2.5 m (5.9 to 8.2 ft) excluding tail
Tail: 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in)
Feeding Behavior Herbivore
Prey Leaves, buds, shoots, and small branches
Predators Human
Black Caiman
Cougar
Green Anaconda
Jaguar
Orinoco Crocodile
Lineage Information
Subspecies Baird's Tapir
Kabomani Tapir
Malayan Tapir
Mountain Tapir
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Perissodactyla
Family Tapiridae
Genus Tapirus
Species terrestris
Other Information
Status Vulnerable

The Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) is a species of tapir native to Central America and northern South America. It is the second-largest land mammal in South America, behind its cousin, the Baird's Tapir.

DescriptionEdit

It is dark brown in color, 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. The lowland tapir can attain a body length of 1.8 to 2.5 m (5.9 to 8.2 ft) with a 5 to 10 cm (2.0 to 3.9 in) short stubby tail and an average weight around 225 kg (496 lb). Adult weight has been reportedly ranged from 150 to 320 kg (330 to 710 lb). It stands somewhere between 77 to 108 cm (30 to 43 in) at the shoulder.

MatingEdit

Lowland Tapir Adult & Baby

An adult and juvenile Lowland Tapir.

They mate in April, May, or June, reaching sexual maturity in their third year of life. Females go through a gestation period of 13 months (390–395 days) and will typically have one offspring every two years. Newborn tapirs weigh about 15 pounds and will be weaned in about six months.

BehaviorEdit

Lowland tapirs are excellent swimmers and divers, but also move quickly on land, even over rugged, mountainous terrain. They have a life span of approximately 25 to 30 years. In the wild, their main predators are crocodilians (only the black caiman and Orinoco crocodile, the latter of which is critically endangered, are large enough to take these tapirs, as the American crocodile only exists in South America in the far north) and large cats such as the jaguar and cougar, which often attack tapirs at night when they leave the water and sleep on the riverbank. Lowland tapirs are also attacked by green anacondas. They are known to run to water when scared to take cover.

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