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White-tailed deer   (Odocoileus virginianus)
Category: Mammals



This deer species is widespread throughout eastern and central North America, Central America, and parts of northern South America. A dynamic continuum of subspecies is represented throughout its range.  Males regrow their antlers every year and their length and branching is determined by age, nutrition, and genetics. White-tailed deer are generalists who can thrive in a variety of environments.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Artiodactyla
Family - Cervidae
Genus - Odocoileus
Species - O. virginianus

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