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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Cervidae
Genus:Alces
Genus species:Alces alces

Animal Characteristics

Height:168-230 cm
Weight:400-800 kg
Identification:The moose has a black-brown coat and large, branched antlers. A flap of skin and hair hanging from the throat, known as a bell, is also a distinctive feature.
Habitat:Forested areas with lakes, ponds and swamps
Diet:Herbivore: woody plants, water plants, conifers
Reproduction:Mating takes place between September and October. One, sometimes two, calves are born after a gestation period of eight months. Calves are weaned at five months and are completely independent by one year. Moose can live up to 27 years of age.
Moose are usually solitary, with the exception of females and their young.
Behavior:Moose are very good swimmers, spending a lot of their time in the water feeding.
Status:No special status: wild populations are declining due to hunting and habitat loss
Interesting Facts:Moose are the largest members of the deer family. They can run up to 35 miles per hour.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Europe
Southeastern Asia
Northern North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Moose
Alces
Cervidae
Artiodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates