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  Fallow Deer (Dama dama)





Fallow Deer | Dama dama photo
Fallow Deer

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Fallow Deer | Dama dama photo
Fallow Deer

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Fallow Deer | Dama dama photo
Fallow Deer mother with fawn.

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FALLOW DEER FACTS

Description
The Fallow Deer is reddish brown with white spots on the body. The underparts are whitish. The rump is whitish bordered with black. The tail is black above and white below. The male has antlers with multiple points that are flattened and webbed in older animals. (The only other spotted deer in Australia is the Chital, but they cannot be confused in the wild as their ranges do not overlap. The Fallow Deer does not have a spotted neck like the Chital, and the antlers are quite different.)

Size
Length: 1.4m - 1.7m. Tail length: 20cm - 24cm. Weight 35kg - 90kg

Habitat
fringes of cleared land and plantations

Food
grasses, herbaceous plants

Breeding
usually a single fawn is born after a gestation period of about 8-9 months

Range
the Fallow Deer is native to southern Europe, Asia Minor, along the Mediterranean. In Australia scattered populations are found in south east Queensland, northern New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Cervidae
Genus:Dama
Species:dama
Common Name:Fallow Deer