White Tailed Deer Facts
Taking a trip to the country and want to know some interesting white tailed deer facts? White tailed dear are a beautiful and graceful animals that live in forests and meadows throughout the United States and Canada. If you’re a nature lover with a soft spot for animals, then you will be amused by these white tailed deer facts.
- Scientific name. The white tailed deer is from the genus Odocoileus and species Virginianus. Say what? You may not need or want to remember the scientific name, so in plain English, the animal is commonly known as the Virginia white tailed deer or the white tailed deer.
- Where white tails are found. White tailed deer can be found in all of the states in the United States,except for Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska and Utah. White tailed deer can also be found in Canada, Peru, New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Finland.
- Doe a deer. Female white tailed deer are called does and male white tailed deer are called bucks or stags. A white tailed doe can produce one to four offspring per litter. A doe’s offspring are called fawns. Typically, male fawns are heavier and larger than female fawns and separate from the doe a year earlier than female fawns.
- Weight. An interesting and not well-known white tailed deer fact is that most white tailed bucks are heavier than an adult male human. Bucks usually weigh about 400 pounds, while does range from 60 to 200 pounds.
- Bashful. No "Snow White" reference here. White tailed deer are considered one of the most shy and timid in the deer family. White tailed deer typically avoid all human contact and only come out at night to hunt for food.
- Eat or be eaten. White tailed deer feed on legumes, grass, field mice and even small birds. There predators include gray wolves, alligators, cougars, bobcats, coyotes and bears. Bucks often use their sharp antlers to defend themselves from predators.