The “white-tail” refers to the underside of the deer’s tail, which it displays and wags when it senses danger. They spend the summer grazing in the meadows and move into the forests during the winter to protect themselves from the elements. Their coats fade from reddish brown in the summer to grayish brown in the winter. They use their speed to outrun their predators, they can sprint up to 30 mph, and they can leap as high as 10 ft and as far as 30 ft in a single bound. They are easily recognizable in the summer and fall because of their antlers. Their antlers grow in each year and fall off in the winter. Only the males grow antlers and they can have a number of sharp points. They use their antlers to fight for territory during the mating season (the rut).
|Diet||Herbivore: plants, leaves, twigs, grass, fruit, nuts, grass|
|Size||6 - 7.75 feet|
|Average Life Span||6-14 years|