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Ringtail Bassariscus astutus


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Family: Procyonidae, Raccoons view all from this family

Description Unique with slender build and long, bushy, striped tail. Face is gray, back is pale yellowish to tawny reddish in color and the underparts and feet are pale. Flat-edged tail has 14-16 stripes and a black tip. Males are slightly larger.

Dimensions 62-81cm, 31-44cm, 870-1143g

Habitat Alpine & subalpine habitats, Canyons & caves, Cities, suburbs & towns, Deserts, Forests & woodlands, Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Swamps, marshes & bogs

Range Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, California, Northwest

Discussion Strictly nocturnal. Eats fruit, mice, and other small prey. Found from sea level to 1400m, and occasionally up to 2900m. Can tolerate some human presence, and sometimes found in small urban nature preserves. Use a variety of habitats with rocky outcroppings, canyons, or talus slopes including montane conifer forests, riparian areas, dry tropical habitats, chaparral, and deserts.