The Arizona state animal is the ringtail, also known as the ringtail cat, miner's cat or cacomistle. Ringtails look very like cats and foxes but have a ringed tails similar to a raccoon's.Continue Reading
The ringtail (Bassariscus astutus) is not really a cat; it is related to the raccoon and the coatimundi. It was designated Arizona's state mammal in 1986. The ringed tails are extremely long, typically the length of the head and body, and have 14 to 16 black-and-white bands and a black tip. Each foot has five toes equipped with sharp, curved, non-retractile claws.
Ringtails are almost wholly nocturnal and expert climbers. They live in rocky areas and occasionally in the woods, where they prefer hollow trees. Ringtails are omnivores, consuming both meat and plants. They eat small birds and mammals, carrion, reptiles, insects and fruit.Learn more about The West
An interesting fact about Tubac, Arizona, is that a Spanish Jesuit priest named Father Francisco Kino came to this area in the 1690s and built a mission and also established ranches and farms. Prior to this time, the indigenous people, called the Pima and O'odham, lived in the area around Tubac.Full Answer >
Arizona is abundant in water and metals, such as gold, copper and silver. Most of the copper mining in the United States takes place in Arizona; its rich copper deposits exceed all of the other states' copper deposits combined.Full Answer >
Highways in Arizona include Route 66 from Topock to Holbrook, Highway 80 from Flagstaff to Wickenburg, Highway 88 from Apache Junction to the Superstition Mountains, and Highway 82 from Nogales to Patagonia. Drivers can enjoy the scenic routes on these four Arizona highways.Full Answer >
According to City-Data, major animal species of Arizona include: the jackrabbit, skunk, bighorn sheep, coyote, desert-cottontail rabbit and mountain lion. Others Arizona animals include: the cactus wren, roadrunner, hawk, owl, raven, Gila monster, spider and centipede, plus the sidewinder and rattlesnake. Many desert animals are nocturnal, and they are often become active close to sunset and sunrise. Arizona transitions from a desert to mountainous terrain of over 8,000 feet.Full Answer >