Posts tagged deer
Posts tagged deer
Marsh Deer (Blastocerus dichotomus)
…a large (the largest on their continent) species of deer (Cervidae) which is native to South America, where it occurs in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay. True to their common names, marsh deer typically inhabit wet marshy areas like the patanal and gran chaco. They are noted swimmers and can move through the water quite rapidly. Marsh deer feed on a wide variety of aquatic plants (some studies have documented over 40 different species!) with members of Graminae and Pontederiaceae making up most of their diet.
DALeast - Lodz, Poland
White-tailed Deer grow new antlers every year.
They grow from bony bases on the skull called peduncles, and are themselves bone. As they’re growing, they are soft and receive a rich blood supply through the velvet covering. Deer antlers are among the fastest-growing tissues in the animal kingdom, growing by up to 2 inches (5 cm) a week during peak growth in the summer. By late August or September the blood supply is cut off and the velvet is shed, usually within about 24 hours.
The antlers’ primary purpose is in jousts between males to establish dominance during breeding season, but they are also an indicator of the physical condition of the male. Antlers are not strongly correlated to age - you can’t count the points and tell how old a deer is - though peak size usually occurs between 5-8 years old. Instead, antler size is mainly determined by genetics and the nutrition of the deer’s diet as they’re growing; a bigger rack usually indicates a healthier deer, at least within its age group.
The antlers have no big advantage outside of the mating season, and the extra weight and size can be energetically costly, so by mid-winter, as a result of dropping testosterone levels, the joint between the antler and the peduncle weakens and the antler is shed. Male deer are antler-less for 3-4 months of the year, until new ones begin growing again in spring.
(via: Peterson Field Guides)
A Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) chows down on a rabbit carcass.
Although primarily herbivorous, deer will also eat meat, particularly in times of hardship such as winter when their usual food is harder to come by.
(Source: hunt-indiana.com, via )
I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK
Oh god, Sleipnir is a moose.
IT’S WHAT WE’VE ALWAYS FEARED.
Of all a deer’s senses, their eyesight is the worst.
Stumbled upon this little guy this afternoon
I don’t have my glasses on and I thought this was a raw chicken breast in the forest.
Caribou spring into migration early, following a warm winter. The Western Arctic Herd’s spring migration to the calving grounds is 1-3 weeks earlier than in previous years, after Western Alaska’s incredibly warm winter (6-8° F warmer than average). NPS tracks timing of caribou migration and investigates how weather affects this herd’s amazing, annual journey.
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i have no idea why i saved all these pictures of animals doing the flehmen response on my desktop. maybe i was going to do a post?? maybe it was just one of those nights?? idk anyway here they are
If Cerberus, the three-headed dog, guards the entrance to Hades, what do you suppose a three-headed deer is the guardian of? This awesome image of three fallow deer bucks, standing in a perfect row and looking backward at the same moment, was captured in the forests of Lithuania by photographer Renatas Jakaitis. But we prefer to think this photo was taken on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest.
[via Twisted Sifter]
This is my favorite picture in the world and I feel like its about time I shared it with all of you
Round two of my market square pictures! this time it’s the silly ones lol
Piebaldism is an extremely rare mutation, with less than one in a thousand affected. Although it is very pretty, piebald deer often have short legs, underbites and scoliosis.