Are ringtails rare?

If you have never heard of the ringtail, you are not alone, as they are incredibly rare and are just now making their appearance around Colorado. Here is everything you need to know about this cute and virtually-unknown animal: It’s a bird!

What does a ringtail look like?

The Ringtail is a cat-sized carnivore resembling a small fox with a long raccoonlike tail. Its bushy tail is flattened and nearly as long as the head and body, with alternating black and white rings. These animals are almost wholly nocturnal and spend the majority of the day sleeping in their dens.

Are ringtails cats?

Ringtail are sometimes wrongly called ringtail-cats or miners cats. They are not related to cats at all. Their relatives include the coati and the racoon.

Are ringtails endangered?

Least ConcernRingtail / Conservation status

Can you have a ringtail as a pet?

Because miners recognized their ability to catch mice and other pests, they often kept the creatures as pets. Nowadays, it is illegal to own a ringtail as a pet without proper permits, though humans still acknowledge them as pest control.

How long do American ringtails live?

The Amercan Ringtail Cat is a friendly cat, like most other breeds. Because of its medium to short hair, it is easy to groom and to keep indoors. The cat has no health problems because of the tail mutation. Life expectancy is from 16-25 years.

How big do ringtails get?

13 in.Ringtail / Length (Adult)

Do ringtails make good pets?

In a typical household, ringtails would not make good pets, simply because there wouldn’t be enough for them to do. These creatures are wild animals, and when miners kept them as pets, they slept during the day, and hunted for vermin at night. Their relationship was really more of a partnership than anything.

Can cats and raccoons mate?

Cat-Raccoon Hybrid Some people do claim they have bred a domestic cat with a raccoon. However, there is not enough literature or evidence to support the theory that Maine Coon cats arose from the mating between a semi-wild cat, and a raccoon. Scientists argue that this is biologically impossible.

Can you keep a ringtail cat as a pet?

What’s the difference between a ringtail and a raccoon?

It has large black eyes ringed with white, big ears, and a narrow, pointy muzzle. Unlike raccoons and coatis, ringtails don’t walk on the soles of their feet, one reason they are sometimes placed in their own family (Bassariscidae).