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Odocoileus virginianus,
White-Tailed Deer, Virginia deer, Whitetail

Scientific name:  Odocoileus virginianus
Common name:  White-Tailed Deer, Virginia deer, Whitetail
Family:  Cervidae

Odocoileus virginianus, White-Tailed Deer, Virginia deer, Whitetail, Sugar Creek Glen


Derivation of the scientific name:
Odocoileus, Greek odon, tooth and koilos, hollow or "hollow tooth," in reference to the depressions in the crown of the molar teeth.
virginianus, of Virginia, refers to the state from which the species was first collected and described.

The male is called a "buck" and the female is termed a "doe".
The tail, white on the underside, is held aloft when the deer is alarmed or running. The male has forwardly curved antlers with several unbranched tines.
The white-tailed deer lives in open woodlands and on the fringes of urban areas and farmlands.
It eats leaves, twigs, fruits, nuts, lichen, and fungi.

Odocoileus virginianus, White-Tailed Deer, Virginia deer, Whitetail


Fauna of New York: Odocoileus virginianus, White-Tailed Deer, Virginia deer, Whitetail, Sugar Creek Glen


Odocoileus virginianus, White-Tailed Deer, Virginia deer, Whitetail, Sugar Creek Glen


 
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