Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
What Are Deer?
What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost? Bam-boo!
What do you call a deer with no eyes? No eye-deer!
There are some silly jokes out there about deer, but what kind of animal are deer?
Deer are mammals. A mammal is an animal that is warm-blooded, has hair or fur, and gives birth to live babies. Deer can be lots of different weights, ranging from as light as 15 pounds for the southern pudu deer to as heavy as 440 pounds for the red deer. That's as much as some pianos weigh! They have long legs that help them run fast, and they have hooves on their feet. Hooves are hard coverings over an animal's feet, and deer have two hooves on each foot. Male deer have antlers, or long bony parts, on top of their heads. They grow new antlers each year!
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- 0:03 What are Deer?
- 1:09 Where Do Deer Live?
- 1:28 What Do Deer Eat?
- 1:51 How Do Deer Grow?
- 2:38 Fun Facts About Deer
- 3:05 Lesson Summary
Where Do Deer Live?
Deer live in lots of different places in the world: Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
They usually live in or close to forests in small groups, called herds, with other deer. Deer sometimes even make beds for themselves out of plants!
What Do Deer Eat?
Deer are herbivores, which means that they eat plants. Did you know that deer eat different food in the summer than they do in the winter? In summer, deer like to eat grass, leaves, and flowers. When the cold winter comes, they switch to eating bark and small branches, since it is harder to find flowers.
How Do Deer Grow?
Baby deer are called fawns. Mother deer give birth to one or two fawns each spring. Fawns learn to walk just an hour or two after they are born. That is way faster than humans, who don't learn to walk for about a year. Most fawns are born with white spots, but the spots usually disappear by the time they turn one year old. Fawns usually stay with their mothers for about a year.
Deer may live between about 4 and 18 years in the wild, although many live between about 10 to 12 years. Male deer are called bucks, and female deer are called does. Really big male deer have a special name: stag.
Fun Facts about Deer
- When they are mad or competing with each other, male deer fight each other with their antlers.
- Deer are in the same animal family as the elk, moose, and reindeer.
- Some other animals, like antelope, have horns instead of antlers. Antlers and horns look similar, except that horns do not fall off and grow back each year.
Deer are mammals that give birth to one or two babies, called fawns, each spring. They are herbivores that eat different plants in the summer and winter, including bark, leaves, and grass. Deer have two hooves, or protective foot coverings, on each foot, and male deer have antlers, which are bony growths on their heads.
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