Paws Planet – World Animal News
Animals Cats

Ringtail Cats, The “Cutest Animal In North America” That You’ve Probably Never Seen

The ringtail cat is a mammal of the raccoon family, found primarily in West and Southwest USA. Even though it is not a cat, it is still known as the ringtail cat, ring-tailed cat, miner’s cat or bassarisk, and is also sometimes called a “civet cat”. People call them this name because when they feel like they are in danger, they will secrete the most disgusting odor from their anal glands in self-defense.

CSERC

crittergal

Ringtails are cat-sized animals that resemble a mix between a fox and a raccoon. The large eyes are ringed by white fur, and their pointy ears give an almost fox-like appearance. The ringtail cat has a long and bushy tail, usually longer than the rest of the animal itself. The name “ringtail” comes from the black ring markings that are found on their tail.

timlawsonphoto

CSERC

These creatures are very shy and are wary of humans, so they are spotted less often than their close cousins, the raccoon. The ringtails have some characteristics that remind us of a cat. For example, it cleans itself by licking its forepaw then uses it to wipe and clean its ears, face, and snout.

privacychair

NPS (no claim to original U.S. Government works)

The ringtail cats are primarily carnivorous and they love munching on snakes, lizards, birds, and frogs. However, they also do eat other food like plants, fruit, and insects. Despite their reputation as effective hunters of smaller prey, the ringtails have got to be careful of predators themselves such as great horned owls (Bubo virginianus), coyotes, (Canis latrans), Bobcats (Lynx rufus) and mountain lions (Puma concolor).

 caseysmarttphoto

michael_pierceall

michael_pierceall

NPS (no claim to original U.S. Government works)

NPS (no claim to original U.S. Government works)

davisjlevi

hairyhalls

NPS (no claim to original U.S. Government works)

NPS (no claim to original U.S. Government works)

NPS (no claim to original U.S. Government works)

NPS (no claim to original U.S. Government works)

h.t: Bored Panda

Related posts

Saddest Stray Cat Looks Completely Different One Year After Being Adopted

Carolyn Mullet

Baby Goat Can’t Hiding Her Excitement To Play With Her Friends

Margot Nolan

This Cat Is So Expressive That We Think She Is A Movie Star

Carolyn Mullet

Woman Accidentally Made The Squirrel Get A Little Tipsy After Giving Him To Old Fermented Pears

Margot Nolan

Cat Has Unique Facial Markings That Make Him Look Super Sad

Carolyn Mullet

Cat Miraculously Survives After Being Buried In Rubble For 32 Days

Carolyn Mullet

21 Cats Who Are Perfect Little Weirdos

catforlove

10+ Newborn Animals That Can Melt Your Heart With Their Cuteness

Carolyn Mullet

Chinese Mountain Cats In the Wild Caught On Video For The First Time

Carolyn Mullet

20+ Animals That Will Make You Green With Envy Because Of Their Charm

Carolyn Mullet

20 Cats Who Are Actually Very Needy And Love Attention

Carolyn Mullet

This Photographer Does Post-Wedding Private Shooting With Cats, And Here’s The Result

catforlove