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Key Deer

Odocoileus virginianus clavium

Description:

Smaller than the White-tailed deer, it is believed that this subspecies migrated to the keys from the mainland thousands of years ago. As the Wisconsin glacier melted the seas rose to create the islands we now refer to as the Keys. These Key deer are the smallest of all white-tailed deer. They are 24 to 28 inches high at the shoulder. Does weigh approximately 45 to 65 pounds while the larger male can be 55 to 75 pounds. Key deer are herbivores feeding mainly on native plants. Also, they can tolerate small amounts of salt in their water. Today there are between 250 and 300 of these deer remaining and they are protected by law. Federal law prohibits the disturbance and feeding of the deer. We must respect the deer and their habitat so we can ensure their survival throughout the Keys.

Habitat:

Florida Keys

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5 Comments

Jeannette
Jeannette 9 years ago

And welcome to Project Noah :)

Looking forward to your next spottings....

Kevin Scheiber
Kevin Scheiber 9 years ago

thank you Jeannette :) ill put more spottings up soon (not of deer though)

I just love Project Noah so much!!!!

Jeannette
Jeannette 9 years ago

Lovely :)

Kevin Scheiber
Kevin Scheiber 9 years ago

thank you very much! i saw it on vacaction in the Keys.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

nice spotting! Welcome to the Project!

Kevin Scheiber
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Kevin Scheiber

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 28, 2011
Submitted on Jul 7, 2012

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