Female deer rarely grow antlers, unless they have extremely high testosterone levels, and are typically much smaller than their male counterparts. Male deer do have antlers and are known as bucks while female deer are known as does.Know More
The Missouri Department of Conservation has found that there is usually one female deer with antlers for every 65 to 4,437 female deer. As can be seen, the prevalence of female deer with antlers can be quite high if it adheres to the one in 65 probability rather than the one in 4,437. However, out of all of the deer species, the caribou is the only deer species where females with antlers are considered normal.
There are three different types of antlered does as reported by the Missouri Department of Conservation. The first is a deer that has extremely high levels of testosterone present in the blood. These does will grow antlers that are under-developed and will still be able to have babies. The second is a deer that has both the female and male reproductive organs. The third is a deer that is a male and is biologically functional but has a few female features, such as hidden male genitalia under skin. These male deer may look like female deer to an observer.Learn more in Deer
Deer are members of the order Artiodactyle, which means that they have an even number of toes on each hoof. Deer are the only animals with antlers. Antlers are usually found only on male deer.Full Answer >
Deer are obligate herbivores, which means that they only eat plant matter and struggle to digest meat. Deer primarily graze on grass and leaves, but they also eat nuts, fungi, grain and fruit. They eat small twigs in times of food scarcity.Full Answer >
According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, adult white-tailed deer stand between 36 and 42 inches tall at the shoulder. Adults are about 72 inches in length, with males and females weighing an average of 203 and 155 pounds, respectively.Full Answer >
Deer rub their antlers up and down on trees and bushes once the antlers are fully grown to remove the hair-like membrane known as velvet from the outside. The antlers then dry and harden and are used as weapons in fights with other males to assert dominance during breeding season.Full Answer >