Ringtail

STATUSLeast Concern

COMMON NAME (SCIENTIFIC NAME)Bassariscus astutus

DIETSmall mammals, insects, birds, fruits and berries

RANGEWestern United States

HABITATSemi-arid oak forests, pine or juniper woodlands, conifer forests, deserts and other dry, rocky habitats

Ringtail

Ringtails have a long tail with alternating bands of white and black fur. They have large eyes surrounded by white rings of fur, large rounded ears, short legs and a long grayish colored body. They are excellent climbers capable of ascending vertical walls, trees, rocky cliffs and even cacti. They can rotate their hind feet 180 degrees, giving them a good grip for descending those same features. They have excellent eyesight as well as hearing, both helpful adaptations for a nocturnal animal.

Range:  Mexico, north to California and Oregon and throughout the American Southwest to Texas and northeast to Oklahoma and Kansas

Life Cycle/ Social Structure Ringtails are nocturnal and solitary, except during mating season. Ringtails make dens in rock crevices, lining them with moss, leaves or grass.