Fallow Deer

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Scientific name: Dama dama

The basics:
Fallow Deer are native to Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, where they inhabit oak and pine woodlands and open prairies and grasslands.

Fallow Deer have also been introduced to many other parts of the world, including North America and Australia, where they are both an ornamental deer, and a hunting species.

Appearance / health:
The Fallow Deer displays a variety of coat colors, with the four main colors described as: "common", "menil", "melanistic" and "white". A black line runs along the back to the tail, and there are often white spots on the back during summer. The Fallow Deer's coat becomes darker and thicker in winter, and the white spots become more faint.

Only bucks have antlers, and they are broad and shovel-shaped.

Deer are susceptible to ailments associated with parasites like lice, ticks, and roundworms. They become vulnerable to predators in the winter when they are not able to move about efficiently through the snow.

Behavior / temperament:
Fallow Deer are grazing animals; their preferred habitat is mixed woodland and open grassland. During the rut bucks will spread out and females move between them, at this time of year fallow deer are relatively ungrouped compared to the rest of the year when they try to stay together in groups of up to 150.

Housing / diet:
White-tailed deer are herbivorous, foraging on grasses, leaves, twigs, legumes, buds, and fruits. They prefer to feed on green plants during the spring and summer, and corn and nuts during the winter. They feed early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Like cattle and goats, deer are ruminants with four stomachs.


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Fallow Deer

From DLlE Sep 15 2012 9:44AM


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