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ringtail

a disease of mice, rats and hamsters; caused by low humidity and high temperatures in the environment. The tail swells and becomes annulated as a result of constrictions along its length. It eventually becomes gangrenous and drops off. The feet may also be swollen and reddened.
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Further research is necessary to elucidate the role that ringtail possums, small mammals, ticks, tabanid flies, and mosquitoes prevalent in this unique location might play as natural reservoirs for and vectors of F.
Where mammals are concerned, common ringtail possums already seem to be responding to changes at the level of the individual farm, whereas brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) are more responsive to landscape level changes.
With no characteristics that distinguish male from female from juvenile, lemuroid ringtail possums are mostly a charcoal grey-brown colour with a yellowish tinge on their undersides.
There are also plans to reintroduce a colony of ringtail possums, which are much smaller in size, to the municipality, and McKenzie wants the animals to have the best possible chance at survival.
Other animals--such as brushtail and ringtail possums and many wallaby species--rely heavily on the tree's leaves.