My top 10 favorite animals that most people have never heard of #4

Captive ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) at sunset, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America, North America
Captive ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) at sunset, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America, North America

#4 Ringtail/Ringtailed cat

Size: 12-16 ½ in. (30 – 42 cm.)

Weight: 1 ¾ – 3 ¼ lbs. (0.8 – 1.5 kg.)

Having a similar name to the ringtailed lemur and often being mistaken for a cat, the ringtail is actually related to the raccoon. The ringtail is a local to Arizona and can be found from the southwestern United States all the way down to southern Mexico. Ringtails are the Arizona state mammal. I have yet to see a ringtail in person, but I have seen many pictures and videos of these adorable little guys. I first saw a picture one in a book while doing a report on the state of Arizona in elementary school before I moved here.

Fun Facts

*The ringtail became the state mammal in August of 1986

~Breanna D.

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