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Description of Deer

The Deer is described as the collective name for Artiodactyl  ruminant mammals of the family Cervidae. Ruminant animals are even-toed, cud-chewing, hoofed, usually horned mammals which have a stomach divided into four (occasionally three) compartments. Deer are characterised by having deciduous antlers which are borne chiefly by the males. Examples of ruminant mammals are cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and giraffes. The deer family also includes the Elk, Moose, Caribou, and Reindeer.

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The origins of the name come from the Middle English word 'der' meaning beast and  from the Old English word 'dor'.

Understanding Scientific names of animals
The scientists who study animals (zoology) are called zoologists. Each animal that is studied is classified, that is, split into descriptive groups starting with main groups ( vertebrates and invertebrates ) the Families of animals are also included such as Ursidae ( the family of bears) and the families are then split into species such as Ursus americanus (American Black Bear)

Species of Deer
There are thirty-eight different species of Deer. The deer family also includes the elk, moose, caribou, and reindeer. The most common deer of America belong to the genus Odocoileus.
  • Odocoileus virginianus - The white-tailed deer, or Viirginian Deer
  • Odocoileus columbianus - The black-tailed deer
  • Odocoileus hemionus - The mule deer
  • Alces alces - The moose
  • Cervus elaphus - The Red Deer or the Elk

Red Deer Stag

Facts about where Deer live and what they eat!
Deer are native to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa
The common habitat of the deervaries from open land, woodland, swamps and mountains
The diet of Deer consist of grass, plants, bushes and saplings

Basic Facts about Deer

The name of a male deer is referred to as a stag or a buck
The name of a female deer is referred to as a doe or hind
The name or offspring, or a baby Deer, is a fawn or yearling
The average size of a litter is one or two fawns
The collective name for a group of Deer is a herd
The sound made by a Deer is referred to as a bellow

Facts about the Size of Male Deer
Fully grown deer reach the height of 2.1 m (7 feet)
The smallest member of the deer family is the pudu )(Pudua humilis), native of the Chilian Andes, which is 33 cm (13 in)

Roe Deer

Cool and Fun Facts about the life, behavior and personality of Deer
  • Deer have compact bodies with long, powerful legs
  • Deer are excellent swimmers
  • Territory marked by leaving a strongly scented substance (Pheromone)
  • Mating begins with the rutting season
  • The rut is the mating season of ruminant animals such as Deer, Sheep, Moose, Elk, Caribou, Goats and Antelope
What does that word mean??
Some fascinating information & facts about the words that are often used to describe animals! Read the facts and information and decide how Deer should be described!
  • What is a Mammal?
    • A Mammal is a warm blooded, vertebrate mammal. Warm blooded means that their temperature remains the same although their surroundings might change. This explains why they have a covering of hair on their skin. A mammal has milk-producing mammary glands for nourishing their young

  • What is a Vertebrate?
    • A Vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone which consists of ring-like bones, called vertebrae, that protect the soft spinal cord
  • What is an Invertebrate?
    • An Invertebrate animal does not have a backbone. They are also cold-blooded which means their body temperature changes according to the environment environment
  • What is a Carnivore?
    • A Carnivore is an animal which eats mainly meat
  • What is a Herbivore?
    • A Herbivore is an animal which eats mainly plants and grass 
  • What is an Omnivore?
    • An Omnivore is an animal which eats both meat and plants
  • What is an Amphibian?
    • An Amphibian is an animal spend part of its life under water (breathing with gills) and the remainder on land (breathing with lungs)

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Fallow Deer

Endangered Species
Wild life experts consider that Deer are not an endangered species
An endangered species is one that is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The Causes of a species of animal becoming endangered are due to Habitat Destruction such as the rainforest, introduction of exotic species, disease, water pollution, global warming and over exploitation of natural resources. As people are made aware of the facts about endangered species, initiatives such as Recycling are increasing in popularity. Endangered Species Organizations are dedicated to saving and preserving the world's most endangered wildlife. Interesting facts about Endangered Species
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