Interesting Facts: Cacomistles are also sometimes known as a Ringtail Cat, but they shouldn't be confused with the species bassariscus astutus.

Main Characteristics: Cacomistles have a body length between 38 and 47 cms (15 - 18.5 inches), a tail length between 39 and 53 cms (15.4 - 21 inches) and they weigh between 0.8 and 1 kgs (1.8 - 2.2 lbs).

They are buff/grey to brown in colour with a distinctive tail that is ringed in black and buff bands.

Habitat: Cacomistles can be found in the mountain forests and wet tropical woodlands of central and southern America from southern Mexico to western Panama.

Diet: Cacomistles are omnivores and they feed upon small rodents, birds, lizards, frogs, insects, eggs and fruits.

Breeding: After a gestation period of 63 - 66 days, Cacomistles give birth to a single youngster.

Predators: Predators of Cacomistles include birds of prey, Ocelots, tayras, large snakes and humans.

Subspecies: Subspecies of the Cacomistle are: Bassariscus sumichrasti latrans Bassariscus sumichrasti notinus Bassariscus sumichrasti oaxacensis Bassariscus sumichrasti sumichrasti Bassariscus sumichrasti variabilis

Latin Name Bassariscus sumichrasti
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Central & South America
Colour Buff/Grey/Brown
Length 38 - 47 cms (15 - 18.5 inches)
Tail 39 - 53 cms (15.4 - 21 inches)
Weight 0.8 - 1 Kgs (1.8 - 2.2 lbs)
Life Expectancy

Up to 23 Yrs (in Captivity)

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