The most common deer species in the U.S., the whitetail deer, can run up to 30 miles an hour.They are also fast swimmers and leapers.
When startled, the whitetail deer generally exhibits signs that it uses to alert other deer to danger, like snorting and stomping its hooves. It can also raise its tail to show the underside, which is white, in a gesture that is known as "flagging." This "flag" is useful to fawns to help them see where their mother runs when danger is afoot, and they can more readily see the white "flag" of her tail and follow her to safety.Learn More
The two main types of native deer in Texas are white-tailed deer and mule deer. A sub-species of the white-tailed deer, the Del Carmen deer, is found in small numbers. Non-native species of deer include axis deer, Blackbuck, fallow deer, nilgai and sika deer.Full Answer >
Reindeer are the only species of deer in which both the females and males grow antlers. Female reindeer can grow antlers that are 20 inches long, and males can grow a 51 inch long rack of antlers. Antlers are shed and re-grown each year.Full Answer >
The sleeping habits of deer include sleeping in dense grasses, changing head position frequently during sleep, returning to the same place for several days to sleep and being vigilant even during sleep. Deer typically follow a pattern of dozing briefly then becoming alert.Full Answer >
Deer do not have teeth on the top of their mouths, but they do have small teeth on the bottom. In lieu of teeth, the top jaw is equipped with a hard palate that the deer uses in the same way it would use teeth.Full Answer >