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Q. Does the moon have a dark side?
A. The moon does have a far side which is impossible to see from the earth, but it doesn't mean that it's always dark. Each side of the moon is dark for no longer than 15 days at a time.
Q. Where does sound come from?
A. The air is always filled with sound waves. All things give off vibrations, but some have a low frequency which most cannot hear. The reason: it may take 3 minutes to make a single vibration. They may be caused by earthquakes and storms.
Did You Know?
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Coke-a-Cola was originally green.
Rubberbands last longer when refrigerated.
Ring Tailed Cat - Raccoon Family
by Laney Stanford
The ring-tailed cat territory ranges from Mexico to California. The tawny type is common throughout Texas, except for the open plains. The ring-tailed cat has been called the civet cat, bassarisk, mountain cat, and the raccoon fox. The American Ring-tailed Cat is distinguished from other mammals of North America by its long tail and overall general appearance. Its closest relative is the raccoon, which is much larger, but with a shorter tail. The name of Civet Cat is a misnomer, since civet cats are only found in the Old World, but it became a local name.
The ring-tail has several related species within the family. The American Ring-tailed Cat is Bassariscus astutus astutus, and lives in areas of California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. The California Ring-tailed Cat is Bassariscus astutus raptor,living in California and Oregon. The California is darker with less gray than the others, and the rings on its tail are broader. The Oregon Ring-tailed Cat is Bassariscus astutus oregonus, living in Oregon with a very black rear end and patches of brownish-yellow coloring. The Texas Ring-tailed Cat is Bassariscus astutus flavus, naturally living in Texas. It's smaller with a blackish and tawny color. Its tail is often completely encircled by black rings.
The Ring-tail is smaller than a house cat, having a slender build and a long tail with black rings alternating the white rings. Their nose area is pointed and the ears are large. Adult males and females do not vary much in color or size. The male is usually about thirty inches long, the tail being about fifteen inches, and a body weight of around two and one-half pounds. The female is only slightly less in her measurements. They usually live only in the cliffs and rocks, but can be found in mesquite, chaparral, and cactus plains of the southern section of Texas.
Coming out at night, they prowl along the cliff ledges, going from one cave to the next. Their pawprint patterns resemble those of a house cat. Not fearing to steal when hungry, they have been known to take wood rats and white-footed mice caught in the traps of people seeking a collection. Little is known of their habitat and relationships, since most business is conducted in the darkness. The male is considered to be hot-tempered, but the female is known to be gentle and quiet. Their facial expressions and features bespeak of beauty and intelligence.
Ring-tailed cats live on small rodents, insects, including the centipede, birds, and fruit. They live in nests that are lined with moss in the hollow of trees. When bearing young, the mother will normally give birth to three or four with each litter. They make good household pets, since they are easily tamed, and some say they are better for catching mice than a house cat. They have reportedly cleared out all rats from a cabin dwelling.
1. Anthony, H. E. and McSpadden, J. Walker. Animals of America: "Mammals of America." Garden City Publishing Co., Inc.: Garden City, NY 1937
kakmisl , small New World mammal, genus Bassaricus, related to the raccoon. There are two species, one found in Mexico and the SW United States, the other in Central America.
On one of my happiest days we trapped a ring-tailed cat. Our mammalogy class had set out on a field trip.