Mammals of Pennsylvania Online Resource

Common Name: White-tailed Deer




Scientific Name:
Odocoileus virginianus  

Prefers forest edges but has adapted to a variety of habitats in the Commonwealth.

Herbivorous—diet reflects seasonal availability of browsing and grazing vegetation.

Interesting Facts:
This is undoubtedly our most popular game species. The spots found on a white-tailed deer fawn represent a form of cryptic coloration. Meant to simulate the appearance of sunlight filtering through trees onto the forest floor, a fawn can go undetected while lying motionless only a few feet from a potential predator.

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