Fallow Deer Facts

Fallow Deer commonly have a coat that is similar in many ways to that of the North American white Tail deer as a fawn, chestnut colored and mottled spots. The Fallow deer in this gallery are “leucistic” that is they are white fallow deer, but not albino’s. This is an extremely rare genetic characteristic in Fallow Deer. Males have antlers that are “palmate” in shape (shovel like) after three years of age, their first two years their antlers are spikes.

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Where do Fallow Deer live?

Fallow Deer are native to the Middle East and Mediterranean region. Fallow Deer have been introduced in Europe, Russia, North America, Australia, and South America.

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Fallow Deer habitat

The fallow Deer habitat is similar to that of a white-tailed deer. Forest stands of either soft or hardwood trees. They adapt well to semi-urban environment.

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What do Fallow Deer eat?

They eat grass, herbs, leaves, nuts, berries, bark and fungus.

What is the rut?

Many believe it starts on or about the second full moon after the Autumn equinox (usually in September). At any rate its generally in the fall months and lasts 1 to 3 months into the winter months in North America.

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What color are Fallow Deer

The most common is chestnut color with mottled white spots. Menil which has larger white spots. Melanistic which are primarily black to dark grey, and Leucistic which is white but not albino.

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For more information on Fallow Deer visit Arkive Fallow Deer facts  or Fallow Deer at University of Michigan.

How big are Fallow Deer?

A fallow deer is about 3 feet tall at shoulder height, males weigh between 175 and 225 pounds as adults and females slightly less. Fallow Deer live on average 10-15 years, the longest recorded Fallow Deer lived 25 years.

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