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The White-tailed deer commonly knows as the Virginian deer is native to the eastern United States and has a furry white tail hence its name The white-tailed deer is one of the largest species of American deer The buck or male is 72 inches in length 36 inches in height at the shoulder and weighs close to 300 pounds The doe or female weighs only 150 pounds The size of this deer makes it one of the largest targets of American big-game hunters The white-tailed deer has reddish brown hair in the summer and grayish brown hair in the winter The deer have compact bodies and powerful hoofed legs and feet suited for rough terrain Their tail is long and white underneath The buck has antlers that are arched forward on the head and consists of six to eight points These animals are very fast and run with their heads and tails erect The white-tailed deer lives in the eastern part of the US in dense forest or swamps They are also found on mountains and open land Deer are cud chewers and have a four chambered stomach Their lower jaw has crescent ridges of enamel on their teeth that let them grind a wide variety of vegetation White-tailed deer eat twigs bark buds bushes grasses and other plants They usually meander out in to open fields at twilight to feed The Virginian deer likes to stay relatively close to home It only moves when there is a lack of food in their community They are also very territorial The males use their antlers to scrape territorial markings in trees Females have a gland close to each eye that contains a strong scented substance that is used to mark its home range Deer also group into families around the females The males are their source of protection from unwanted predators as well as other male deer Most of the time however white-tailed
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