The white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) gets its name for the white fur on the underside of its tail, which it flashes when it senses a threat. The species includes several subspecies, such as the tiny Florida Key deer and the large northern white-tailed deer.
Fast Facts: White-Tailed Deer
- Scientific Name: Odocoileus virginianus
- Common Names: White-tailed deer, whitetail, Virginia deer
- Basic Animal Group: Mammal
- Size: 6-8 feet
- Weight: 88-300 pounds
- Lifespan: 6-14 years
- Diet: Herbivore
- Habitat: North, Central, and northern South America
- Population: >10 million
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
- Source: Wild White-Tailed Deer Facts
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