cacomistle(redirected from cacomixl)
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(Bassariscus astutus ), a carnivorous mammal of the family Procyonidae. The body measures up to 38 cm long, the tail being somewhat longer. The animal weighs up to 1.1 kg. The body is slender and elongated, with short legs and a pointedsnout. The upper parts are yellowish brown with a black washand the underparts are lighter. The head has light patches andblack or dark brown rings around the eyes. The tail is bushy, with black and white rings. The cacomistle is distributed inNorth America, from Oregon to New Mexico, primarily inhabit-ing mountainous places. A nocturnal animal, it is a goodclimber. It feeds on small mammals, birds, invertebrates, andplants. Three to four young are born in May-June. Sometimescacomistles are kept as domestic animals to catch harmful ro-dents.