Published on Mar 24, 2017

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Deer are members of the order Artiodactyle, which means that they have a hoofs of an even number of toes.

The deer can be found all over the world. They are native to all continents, except for Australia and Antarctica. There are about 100 species of deer including white-tailed deer, reindeer, moose, mule deer, blacktail deer and caribou.

Male deer are called Bucks, bulls, stags or harts. Female deer are called does, cows or hinds. Young deer are called fawns or calfs.


The deer can adapt well to almost any environment. They prefer to live in the “edge” habitat. They will use the forest for cover and shelter and open land to graze in. In the northern latitudes, deer can live in different areas, in the summer and winter months. These fields may be as far as 30 miles apart.

Deer are the only animals that have antlers. They are the fastest growing living tissue on earth. Deer antlers are usually found on males. In some species, such as caribou, you will also find them on females. Moose have the biggest antlers. Antlers grow from spring to autumn. While the growing antlers are covered with a soft cloth, known as velvet. This tissue contains a network of nerves and blood vessels and is very sensitive.

In autumn, velvet is shed, and the antlers harden. In winter, the antlers fall off. Antlers should not be confused with horns. Horns are never shed and continue to grow throughout the life of the animal. If they are broken, they will not grow back.

The deer are ungulates, which means that they have two-toed hoofs. They have long legs with powerful muscles and are capable of running 40 miles per hour and jumping 10 feet high. They are also fast swimmers.

Deer have an excellent sense of smell, which allows them to detect predators from a long distance. The deer lick his nose to keep it moist, which helps the odor particles stick to it, improve the sense of smell.

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