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The bobcat’s most distinguishing characteristic is its short, bobbed tail, which has white fur on the underside and a black tip.
Coyotes are Arizona’s most common predator and found throughout the entire state. Though not always seen, their vocalizations, consisting of howls, yelps, and barks, are regularly heard during almost any night spent in the field.
The Gila trout is one of Arizona’s two threatened native trout species and is also found in New Mexico. Dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins have a white to yellowish tip that may extend along the leading edge of the pelvic fins.
The Apache is one of Arizona’s two native trout species and is the Arizona state fish. Body color is yellowish-gold at the top of the head and the back is a dark olive.
No fewer than four species and eight subspecies of tree squirrels can be found in Arizona’s forests. Of these, the Abert’s, a tassel-eared squirrel, is the most widespread.
Arizona has two native species of tortoise, the Sonoran desert tortoise, and the Mojave desert tortoise.