Wildlife North America . com
North American Animals - mamals, birds, reptiles, insects

 Cacomistle (Bassariscus sumichrasti)




Cacomistle | Bassariscus sumichrasti photo
Cacomistle - taken in Escuintla, Guatemala.

Photograph by Autosafari. License: Public Domain.  (view image details)

Cacomistle | Bassariscus sumichrasti photo
Cacomistle photographed at Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha, Nebraska

Photograph by Josh More. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

CACOMISTLE FACTS

Description
The Cacomistle related to the Raccoons. It is gray to brownish with a long bushy tail that is ringed with buff and black bands. The ears are pointed.

Size
Head and body length: 38cm - 47cm. Tail length: 39cm - 53cm

Environment
Wet, evergreen tropical woodlands and mountain forests

Food
The Cacomistle is omnivorous. Eats fruit, eggs, frogs, lizards, insects

Breeding
A single young is born in a nest or den in a tree after a gestation period of 63 to 66 days. The young weighs about 25 grams at birth and can eat solid food at six to seven weeks. It is fully waned after three months.

Range
southern Mexico to western Panama

Conservation Status
LR|nt

Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family:Procyonidae
Genus:Bassariscus
Species:sumichrasti
Common Name:Cacomistle


Relatives in same Genus
  Ringtail (B. astutus)