Deer Animal Profile

Ruminant Mammal

Deer are the hoofed ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. The two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the elk, the fallow deer and the chital, and the Capreolinae, including the reindeer, the roe deer and the moose. Female reindeer, and male deer of all species except the Chinese water deer, grow and shed new antlers each year. In this they differ from permanently horned antelope, which are part of a different family within the same order of even-toed ungulates.

Scientific name: Cervidae

Biological rank: Family

Higher classification: Pecora

Order: Even-toed ungulate

Weight: 66 pound – 661 pound

Lifespan: 12 years – 25 years on average (Moose) · 10 years – 13 years on average (Elk, In wild) · 15 years on average (Elk, In some subspecies, In wild)

Data from: Wikipedia

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