Wild White-Tailed Deer Facts

About the white tailed deer
Close Encounter by James Marvin Phelps.

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

Image attribution: PHELPS, J., (2013) Close encounter. [ONLINE]. Available at: https://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large-5/1-close-encounter-james-marvin-phelps.jpg [Accessed 23 September 2021].

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