This deer can be recognized by its characteristic size, smaller than all other white-tailed deer. Adult males (known as bucks) usually weigh 25–34 kilograms (55–75 lb) and stand about 76 centimetres (30 in) tall at the shoulder. Adult females (does) usually weigh between 20 and 29 kilograms (44 and 64 lb) and have an average height of 66 centimetres (26 in) at the shoulders. The deer is a reddish-brown to grey-brown in color. Antlers are grown by males and shed between February and March and regrown by June. When the antlers are growing, they have a white velvet coating. The species otherwise generally resembles other white-tailed deer in appearance.

Key deer easily swim between islands.

Living close to humans, the Key deer has little of the natural fear of man shown by most of their larger mainland cousins. The deer are often found in residents’ yards and along roadsides where tasty plants and flowers grow. This often results in car-to-deer collisions, as the deer are more active (and harder to avoid) at night. It is not unusual to see them at dusk and dawn, especially on lightly inhabited No Name Key, and in the less-populated northern areas of Big Pine Key.


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  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 1 year ago

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 1 year ago

    Very cute well captured work

  • These deer are so little. I sat on the ground and one came up to me and was nose to nose to me. Another gave me a kiss on the arm. Thanks Thea!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseover 1 year ago

    A beautiful image Deb ~ and I so enjoyed reading your response to Thea’s comment!!!!
    What a magical time you must have enjoyed….

  • My friend took a picture of it. I am going to see if she will give me a copy of the picture. They are protected in the Keys. Thanks for your comment and Fav!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 1 year ago

    What a great face. Is the ear cut for marking or an accident? When you get time, put it in Even-toed Ungulates!!

  • I do not think it was cut for a marking as none of the other deer had ears like that. I think something happened to it. Thank you for commenting and I will add it to the group.

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Albert
    Albertover 1 year ago

    Well done.

  • Thank you!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 1 year ago

    Great closeup!

  • Thanks Rick!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful close up my friend ! Had that happen to me one time one followed me every where like a dog. Hugs

  • Yes they are so cute. Thank you!! Hugs

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Thomas Young
    Thomas Youngover 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture Deborah! This deer could not have asked for a better portrait!

  • I am honored by your comment Thomas, Thank you!!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous capture Deborah!

  • Thank you!

    – Deborah Benoit

  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagover 1 year ago

    Fantastic capture and closeup of this guy!

  • Thank you so much Gene!!

    – Deborah Benoit

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