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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Cervidae
Genus:Cervus
Genus species:Cervus elaphus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:varies by subspecies
Height:varies by subspecies
Weight:varies by subspecies
Identification:The red deer is red to grayish-brown in color, and its winter coat is darker. This deer also has a yellow rump patch and often has a dark caudal stripe on the rump. Only males have antlers.
Habitat:Woodlands
Diet:Herbivore: grass, shoots, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit
Reproduction:Gestation lasts 230-240 days, after which one or two offspring are born. The fawns are weaned at seven months of age.
Sexes remain separate except during the rut.
Behavior:Communication consists primarily of smell and vocal cues.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Red deer are commonly farmed for their meat and to help build wild populations.

Other Information

Geographic:Europe
Northern Africa
Central Asia
Date:1982-11 Subjects:Red deer
even-toed ungulate
Cervus
Deer
Cervidae
Ruminants
Artiodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata