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White Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus


"White-tailed deer have different colors depending on the season and their location. Usually they have greyish fur in winter and reddish-brown fur in summer. They have white patches of fur on their face and lower legs. The tail is brownish-red above and white below. When startled the deer lift this tail as they bound away, making the white patch prominent. Males have antlers that begin growing in April or May with a layer of velvety fur on them. In August and September the antlers shed this velvety covering for the mating season. The antlers fall off in January and are re-grown the next year. With each year of age a male will grow larger antlers with more points. Range mass: 57.0 to 137.0 kg. Range length: 160.0 to 220.0 cm. Other Physical Features: endothermic ; homoiothermic; bilateral symmetry Sexual Dimorphism: male larger; ornamentation Average basal metabolic rate: 123.447 W." From the Encyclopedia of Life


"White-tailed deer are able to survive in a variety of land habitats, from the forests of northern Maine to the swamps of Florida. They also inhabit farmlands, brushy areas, and the cactus and thornbrush deserts of southern Texas and Mexico. White-tailed deer prefer forest edges that are close to farmlands, old fields, and brushland. These kinds of habitats are commonly created by humans by forest cutting and clearing and through agricultural practices. As a result white-tailed deer do well near human habitations. Habitat Regions: temperate ; tropical Terrestrial Biomes: chaparral ; forest ; rainforest ; scrub forest Wetlands: swamp" From the Encyclopedia of Life


The mother looks very thin, you can see her ribs.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Spotted on Jun 1, 2008
Submitted on Aug 23, 2013

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