Young White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can vary in colour and can often be difficult to identify from their bigger cousins mule deer and even black-tailed deer which are a similar size. Their colourations vary with the seasons and their coats take on a sun tan in the summer going a reddish brown tan to and in the fall through winter they are a more greyish colour similar to mule deer. Their colours can change within 7 to 14 days and helps with their seasonal camouflage for protection. White-tailed deer are named after the white underside of their tails which they raise, not in surrender, but as a warning to other deer in the herd that they have been alerted to something or of a possible danger. Fully grown this young male can expect to reach around 2 metres in height and have a six or seven pointed rack of antlers which they lose every winter.

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