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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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-tailed_deer

 

Data & Facts

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

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Wake me in 9 months…

There may be times when you are so tired you feel as if you could sleep for several days - but of course that is not possible without dying from dehydration. However, some mammals have such fine control over their metabolisms, they are capable of nodding off for days or even months, in a state called hibernation. This helps an animal survive during cold periods when food is scarce. A prime example is the alpine marmot who can hibernate for up to 9 months of the year: gathering food and adding about 50% more body weight (primarily fat) as summer ends, the alpine marmot seals itself in a deep burrow, heart rate slowing to five beats per minute, breathing as little as once per minute - emerging (far lighter!) in May, when food is once again available!

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