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Ring-Tailed Cacomistle

Bassariscus astutus

Cacomistle Gallery

About the Ring-Tailed Cacomistle

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Geographic Range:

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Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Procyonidae
Genus: Bassariscus
Species: astutus

Size:
Between 2 and 3 pounds
25 to 32 inches long

Diet:
Birds, small mammals, insects, fruit and carrion.

Habitat/range:
Ringtail cacomistles prefer rocky hills, ridges and forests and avoid open grasslands. They can be found in western United States and southern Mexico.

Behavior:
Ringtails are nocturnal, emerging after sunset and returning to their den before sunrise. Large eyes and ears help them hunt at night.

Median Life Expectancy:
8 to 14 years in captivity