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Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)
ringtail

DESCRIPTION: Wt=up to 2 lbs (1kg), body up to 2.5' (80cm), and the tail often is the same length. They are about the size of a large squirrel or small cat. Overall yellowish-gray with distinctly black and white tail. They have large, black eyes surrounded by white (but no mask as in the Raccoon).
NATURAL HISTORY: Omnivorous, ambushing and pouncing on their animal prey. Nocturnal; during the day they spend their time in cliffs, rock piles, or in hollow trees or logs. Solitary except for a few days to mate in early spring. Arizona's State Mammal. Walk on their toes (digitigrade), rather than the soles of their feet (plantigrade) like Raccoons and Coatis, which makes them very nimble climbers.
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