Ringtails live in the deserts, shrublands, forests, and rocky outcroppings of North America and can be found in Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Baja California, and Mexico.


These omnivores primarily hunt rats, mice, rabbits, birds, lizards, and snakes. They also eat insects, fruit, berries, seeds, and vegetable matter.


A ringtail’s tail is about the same length as its body—about one foot. Adults weigh roughly two pounds. In the wild, ringtails live up to seven years, but in human care, they can live between 10 and 15 years.