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5979-Deer 200cmH.

HTC: 5979

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Deer

  • Type: Mammal
  • Size: 60 cm to 105 cm
  • Weight: 22 lbs to 990 lbs
  • Diet: Herbivore
  • Ave. Life Span: 10 to 20 years
  • Group name: Herd
  • Description The deer is a mammal that is characterized by its thin legs, long body and neck, tiny tail, dark brown to light brown coat, divided hooves, and antlers for the males. Young deer may also have white spots on their fur, which serves as camouflage against predators. All in all, there are approximately 40 different species that inhabit the Northern Hemisphere. The males shed and regrow their antlers annually, except for the Chinese water deer. While some have branched antlers, others just have short spikes. These animals can be found throughout the world, except for Antarctica and Australia. They prefer to live in deciduous forests, rain forests, wetlands, and mountains. Furthermore, they are classified as herbivorous creatures and their diet typically consists of grass, leaves, small shrubs, fruits, and shoots. They are also social animals that live and travel in groups called herds, consisting of about 25 individuals and led by a dominant male that is also the protector of the group. In some species, the herds are divided by sex. There are also some cases wherein the herd of the females is watched over by the male herd. Most species are active during the day, especially during dusk and sunrise. In addition, they spend most of their time searching for food.

    Status According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, several species of deer are listed as Endangered. Some of these include the Bawean deer, Persian Fallow deer, Calamian deer, Chinanteco deer, and the hog deer. The major threats to their population are hunting, predation, and loss of habitat.

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