Deer Facts: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What kind of animal is a deer? What do deer eat? Where do they live? How do they grow? This lesson teaches all about deer and their life cycle, habitat, diet, and body.

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?

A white-tailed 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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Where Do Deer Live?

Deer live in lots of different places in the world: Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Deer live in small groups called herds.

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.

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