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Roe deer
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Scientific Classification
Scientific Name

Capreolus capreolus

Subspecies
  • C. c. canus
  • C. c. capreolus
  • C. c. caucasicus
  • C. c. italicus
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A mother roe deer with it's young.

The Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), also known as the western roe deer, chevreuil, or European roe deer, is a Eurasian species of deer. It is relatively small, reddish and grey-brown, and well-adapted to cold environments. Roe deer are widespread in Europe, from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia and from Britain to the Caucasus. It is distinct from the somewhat larger Siberian roe deer.

Body Design

The Roe Deer is a very small animal cause it is only 95-135km body height, the period of sexual maturity for males is 16 months. [1]

Life Cycle

Description

The maximum lifespan of the Roe deer is 10 years if its in the wild. The male Roe deer clash over territory in the summer time and the early fall. [2] Also the male roe deer when looking for a mate they will compete against each other and they will plow over the underbrush and it will make an figure 8 pattern. The Roe deer is about 75-135cm body height and shoulder height is about 65-75cm and the weight is about 15-30kg. [3] They change fur colors every season that comes around.[4]

Ecology

The Ecology describes the habitat of where Roe Deer lives which is mainly in grasslands. Another common habitat that the roe deer can be found is in woodland areas. An interesting fact about the roe deer is that it has the ability to make barking noises like a dog. The life cycle of the roe deer is about 10 years in the wild. The male deer will fight over territory and mates very often.

The Roe Deer live mainly in woodland areas, live in open areas also, like scrubs and agricultural grounds. Roe deer are mainly herbivores grazing on every type of vegetation. The development of the roe deer is that when they establish their territories in April to May [5] They make sounds almost like a dog when in danger and they will do that to warn the other deer out there. They usually live alone except when feeding in the same area. The capreolus Capreolus does not eat grass that other animals have eaten off of already it will find somewhere were the other animals have eaten off of. [6] They mostly live in Asia, United Kingdom, Europe, Whales, Russia, and Mediterranean [7]

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References

  1. Author Unknown. Eurasian Roe Deer Large Herbivore Network January 27, 2015
  2. Roe deer Wikipedia November 2009
  3. Author Unknown. Roe Deer British Animal Wikia
  4. Roe Deer Western Roe Deer Pictures and Facts. Web. Author Unknown.
  5. Author Unknown. Wildlife Forestry Commission. Web. January 14, 2015. (Data-Accessed)
  6. Author Unknown. Roe Deer DeerWorlds. Web. January 14, 2015
  7. Author Unknown. Roe Deer Nature WIldlife. Web. January 20, 2015