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Common Name: Mule Deer

Scientific Name: Odocoileus hemionus


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Cervidae

Genus: Odocoileus

Species: O. hemionus


A mule deer is a fairly large deer that is known also for its large antlers. Their diet consists of mesquite and juniper. These animals also eat weeds, grass, and other wheat's. When born it is believed that they weigh up to 2.4 kg. Young ones of this species go to sleep around sunrise. A mule deer is a very competitive predator and mammal out in the wild against other animals. The female will drop her fawn off in a safe located place.


These animal's antlers will start to shed after they begin to get old. After 15-18 months, the animal's molars will start to erupt and take place in the series. And at the age of 24-25, the premolars will start to fall out. The gestation period is 210 days for this animal. At young ages the bucks learn to become very fearless and competitive just like their elders. Sexual maturity for these animals starts at the age of 18 months. These animals usually aren't picky about where they stay, but they prefer more open arid areas.


Estimates of their speed will vary as their age goes on. This animal is really experienced with all of its senses but mostly for its detection of danger. This type of deer can be found in northern America. This deer is the largest of its family. This deer prefers the edge of its environment, where the tree's meet the grass. They prefer to be in close local environments where everything is close to them. And they prefer to live in safe places where there is lots of food and little predators. Also these animals in the summer love to eat berries from plants in forests. These animals are highly respected in the animal life.


Author: Cameron W.

Published: 03/2009




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