Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53761

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Procynidae
Genus:Bassariscus
Genus species:Bassariscus astutus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:31-38 cm
Weight:.8-1.1 kg
Identification:The ringtail cat has a gray or brown coat with white spots above and below the eyes and on the cheeks. The tail has black and white rings.
Habitat:Dry, rocky areas
Diet:Omnivore: insects, small birds, mammals, reptiles, fruit, berries
Reproduction:The breeding season for ringtails falls between April and May. Three offspring are born after a gestation period lasting 45-50 days.
Behavior:Ringtails are nocturnal. They are expert climbers and build their nests in hollow trees, logs, and buildings.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Western parts of Central North America
Southern North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Civet cat
raccoon
Miner's cat
Ringtail
Ringtail cat
Cacomistle
Bassariscus
Procyonidae
Carnivora
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata