Everybody knows the white-tailed deer, but do you know the answers to these questions about this popular species in the Chesapeake watershed?

1. Deer are good swimmers. True or false?

2. Because deer lack _______, they rip away at vegetation instead of nipping it. What are they?

A. Lower incisors

B. Lower molars

C. Upper incisors

D. Upper molars

3. Deer belong to the order Artiodactyla, or even-toed hoofed mammals. Three of the animals listed below are members of this order. Which is the odd-toed hoofed mammal?

A. Giraffe

B. Hippo

C. Horse

D. Peccary

4. The fattest deer with the largest racks are usually found near

A. Farms

B. Forests

C. Swamps

D. Urban areas

5. Does do not have antlers. True or false?

6. How fast can a deer run (for about a quarter mile)?

A. 25 mph

B. 30 mph

C. 35 mph

D. 40 mph

7. A doe’s first offspring is usually a single fawn. After the first year, how many fawns does she usually bear? (Note: All of the answers have been recorded. Which is the most common number?)

A. One

B. Twins

C. Triplets

D. Quadruplets

8. What feature about a deer’s hair provides such great insulation that the animal can make its bed in snow for an entire night without melting it?

A. It is hollow.

B. It is thick.

C. It is downy.

D. It is contains an anti-freeze fluid.

9. The white-tailed deer is the state mammal of which Bay state(s)?

A. Delaware

B. Maryland

C. Pennsylvania

D. Virginia

10. What is the average life span of a deer in the wild?

A. 2 years

B. 3 years

C. 5 years

D. 10 years

11. Generally, the farther north one goes the _____________ the deer.

A. Bigger

B. Faster

C. Slower

D. Smaller

12. Newborn fawns have no scent. True or false?


1. True 2. C 3. C 4. A 5. False. Although does with antlers are rare, several are spotted every year. 6. B 7. B 8. A 9. C 10. A 11. A

12. False. Although not as strong as an adult, fawns do have a scent. A factor that has led to this myth is the fawn’s habit of staying put in one place. Because it does not move, the fawn is less likely to leave a scent trail.