Why is the ringtail called the miners cat?
they were kept as pets in mines to eat mice and other rodents.
The following animals are known as Ringtails: * Ring-tailed Cat, Bassariscus astutus * Ring-tailed Ground Squirrel, Spermophilus annulatus * Ring-tailed Lemur, Lemur catta * Ring-tailed Mongoose, Galidia elegans * Ringtail possums, family Pseudocheiridae ** Cinereus Ringtail Possum, Pseudochirulus cinereus ** Common Ringtail Possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus ** Western Ringtail Possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus occidentalis ** Coppery Ringtail Possum Pseudochirops cupreus ** D'Albertis' Ringtail Possum, Pseudochirops albertisii ** Green Ringtail Possum, Pseudochirops archeri ** Herbert River Ringtail Possum…
As an omnivore the ringtail cat enjoys a variety of foods in its diet, the majority of which is made up of animal matter. Insects and small mammals such as rabbits, mice, rats and ground squirrels being some examples of the ringtailâ€™s carnivorous tendencies. Occasionally the ringtail will also eat fish, lizards, birds, snakes and carrion. The ringtail also enjoys juniper, hack and black berries, persimmon, prickly pear, and fruit in general.