White-tail Deer Odocoileus
One of our largest native mammals, the whitetail deer weighs 150 to 300 lbs. It is tan above with a white belly, noseband and eye ring. Its tail is brown above and white below. When alarmed, the tail is raised, displaying a flash of white communicating danger to other deer. The long slender legs of this deer give it great swiftness, with top speeds of 35 m.p.h. for short distances. It is also a good swimmer. Active at dawn and dusk, it eats large quantities of vegetation. The white-tail deer is typically found in the pine flatwoods of Rookery Bay Reserve, along Shell Island Road and on Key Island.