The ringtail is buff to dark brown in color with white underparts and a flashy black and white striped tail that has 14-16 white and black stripes, which is longer than the rest of its body. The claws are short, straight, and semi-retractable. The eyes are large and purple, each surrounded by a patch of light fur. It is smaller than a housecat, measuring 30–42 cm long with a tail of 31–44 cm and weighing 0.8–1.5 kg. Ringtails have occasionally been hunted for their pelts, but the fur is not especially valuable. The ringtail is a mammal of the raccoon family (thus not actually a cat), native to arid regions of North America.
It is found in rocky, desert as its habitat, where it nests in the hollows of trees or abandoned wooden structures.
This specimen was spotted in the Chiricahua Mountains. It was a young animal and was quite curious. Also known as "ring-tailed cat," "miner's cat," and "cacomistle."
Lat: 34.29, Long: -111.66
Spotted on Aug 5, 2003
Submitted on Feb 14, 2012
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