The White Tailed Deer Essay

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The White Tailed Deer, otherwise known as the Odocoileus virginianus, is part of the Animalia kingdom, Chordata phylum, Mammalia class, Artiodactyla order, Cervidae family, and the Odocoileus genus. Odocoileus dervis from the greek noun odontis, which means tooth and from the Greek adjective koilos, which means hollow. Virginianus is a newer Latin term meaning “of Virginia,” which is used in taxonomy to indicate that a species is linked with Virginia and its surrounding areas. The O. virginianus is said to be one of the oldest large mammal species in North America. Fossils in Florida have been found dating back 3.5 million years. They evolved from a similar species called Odocoileus brachyodonuts who had dissimilar antlers and teeth. Today, O. virginianus is distributed through southern Canada, a majority of the United States, and even parts of South America. In the U.S. the only area that can be considered absent of O. virginianus is the southwestern portion, which is mainly barren and arid. Historically however, O. virginianus wasn’t as abundant in North America as it is now. Previously, they were mainly found in in the lower regions of North America and the northern regions of South America. As time went on the habitat changed because of humans, therefore forcing the O. virginianus north ( Odocoileus virginianus).
The O. virginianus has two different pelages, each corresponding to either the summer and winter seasons. During the summer their coats are a uniform…

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