What is the scientific name for deer?


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The scientific name for the white-tailed deer is Odocoileus virginianus. The deer is classified under the phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Cervidae and genus Odocoileinae.

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With the exception of the Southwest, Hawaii and Alaska, the white-tailed deer ranges throughout the United States and into southern Canada. Most deer range within a square mile of home, and they live very solitary lives as adults, although the female and her fawns live in a family group.

The female of the species is known as a doe, while the male is a buck. Most bucks are described by the number of points on their racks. For instance, a buck with 10 points would be known as a 10-point buck.

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