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Arizona State Mammal

Ringtail in Phoenix, Arizona - click to see all state mammals
Ringtail in Phoenix, Arizona - photo by robertbody.com on Wikipedia -
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See All State Animals - Mammals.

Ringtail

See ringtail video below

The ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) was designated the state mammal of Arizona in 1986. Ringtails are cat-sized carnivores resembling a small fox with a long raccoon-like tail. The tail is about the length of the head and body with 14-16 black and white bands and a black tip. The ringtail. Five toes on each foot are equipped with sharp, curved, non-retractile claws.

Two ringtails in a tree - click to see all state animal symbols
Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) - public domain image from USDA Forest Service. See All State Animals - Mammals.

Almost wholly nocturnal, ringtails spend the greater part of the day asleep in their dens. They are expert climbers (capable of ascending vertical walls). Ringtails prefer rocky areas such as rock piles, stone fences, and canyon walls, making their dens in well-protected crevices, crannies, and hollows. Less often found in wooded areas where they live in hollow trees and logs.

Ringtails eat a wide variety of foods: small birds and mammals (rats, mice, squirrels, cottontails), carrion, snakes and lizards, toads and frogs, insects (grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, scorpions, and centipedes), and fruit (mostly native persimmon, hackberry, and mistletoe).

Source:
Ringtail: Texas Tech University
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