Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53752

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Cervidae
Genus:Odocoileus
Genus species:Odocoileus hemionus

Animal Characteristics

Height:102 cm
Weight:120 kg
Identification:The mule deer has a red summer coat and a brown-gray winter coat. It has a black bar around its chin, a black patch on its forehead, and a black tail tip. Its face, throat, belly, and rump patch are white.
Habitat:Grasslands, woodlands
Diet:Herbivore: woody and herbaceous foliage, acorns, seeds, fruits
Reproduction:Mating occurs between November and December. Gestation is 203 days and twins are quite common.
Female mule deer are found in groups with others related to them by maternal descent.
Behavior:Mule deer are seasonal migrators. They communicate with each other via scent glands and urine.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:While running, the mule deer can leap into the air with all four feet and land on all fours.

Other Information

Geographic:Western North America
Southern North America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Mule deer
Black-tailed deer
Odocoileus
Deer
Cervidae
Ruminants
Artiodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata