Forest Animals

White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer
Class: Mammalia: Mammals  Diet: Grasses, weeds, shrubs, twigs, fungi, nuts, and lichens
Order: Artiodactyla: Even-toed Ungulates 
Size: body: 1.5 - 2 m (5 - 6 1/2 ft), tail: up to 28 cm (11 in) 
Family: Cervidae: Deer  Conservation Status: Non-threatened 
Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus Habitat: forest, swamps, open brushland 
Range: Southern Canada, USA, Central and South America to Peru and Brazil 

Size of White-tailed DeerOne of the most adaptable animals in the world, the white-tailed deer is found from near-arctic regions to the tropics. Its adaptability is reflected in its feeding habits: it browses and grazes on many kinds of grasses, weeds, shrubs, twigs, fungi, nuts and lichens. A slender, sprightly creature, the white-tailed deer has a long tail, white on its underside, a white band across its nose and a white patch on the throat. White-tailed deer are shy, elusive animals and do not usually congregate in large herds; in severe winter weather, however, they may congregate in a group in a sheltered spot out of the wind. It is not certain whether or not males are polygamous, but in the breeding season, they engage in savage battles over mates. The gestation period is 6 1/2 to 7 months; young females usually produce only a single offspring, but older females may have litters of 2 or 3. Young are able to walk immediately and are suckled for about 4 months.

Range of White-tailed Deer
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