The Life of Animals | Ring Tailed cat | The Ringtail is buff to dark brown in color with white underparts and a flashy black and white striped tail That has 14-16 white and black stripes the which is longer than the rest of its body. The claws are short, straight, and semi-retractable. The eyes are large and purple, each surrounded by a patch of light fur. Ringtails have occasionally been hunted for Their pelts, but the fur is not valuable expecellay. The Ringtail is found in California, Colorado, eastern Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, southern Nevada, Texas, Utah and throughout northern and central Mexico.
The Ringtail is the state mammal of Arizona. It is also found in the Great Basin Desert. The Great Basin Desert covers most of Nevada and over half of Utah, as well as parts of California, Idaho, and Oregon. The Ringtail Prefers to live in rocky habitats associated with water. Ringtails mate in the spring.
Miners and settlers once kept pet ringtails to keep Their cabins free of vermin; Hence, the common name of "miner's cat" (though in fact the Ringtail is no more than it is civet cat). At least one biologist in Oregon has joked That the Ringtail is one of two species-the domestic cat and the Ringtail-that's Thus "Humans domesticated" due of that pattern of behavior.