Friday, July 9, 2010

Flora and Fauna Friday - White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer

The white-tailed deer's coat is a reddish-brown in the spring and summer and turns to a grey-brown throughout the fall and winter. The characteristic white underside to its tail, which it shows as a signal of alarm by raising the tail during escape, makes the deer easily recognizable.

 Males re-grow their antlers every year. Antlers begin to grow in late spring, covered with a highly vascularised tissue known as velvet. Typical antlers are symmetrical and the points grow straight up off the main beam.

The white-tailed deer is a ruminant, that is, it has a four-chambered stomach. Each chamber has a different and specific function.


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