Key deer are the smallest type of white-tailed deer they do not interbreed with any other species of deer they are found exclusively in the florida keys, specifically big pine key the key deer was declared an endangered species in 1967, and the population continues to decline, mostly due to human. The key deer, odocoileus virginianus clavium, is a subspecies of the ordinary ubiquitous virginia whitetail deer, but the key deer is found only on the islands of the florida keys–particularly big pine keyit is an example of a phenomenon known as “island dwarfing”, in which a population of large animals that finds itself living. But this year, state officials in the florida keys started seeing grotesque lesions on key deer—an endangered species that is the smallest of north america’s white-tailed deer. Driving through the florida keys, you may see warnings for key deer -- but not the deer themselves hear are some sure-fire ways to spot the endangered deer. The key deer have been the center of controversy in the florida keys for over sixty years as the number of key deer continues to decline, the debate between residents, ecologists and county commissioners continues what is the evolutionary history of the key deer ancestors of the key deer migrated from the mainland ten thousand.
What are key deer the florida key deer is a tiny subspecies of the virginia white-tailed deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium)it is the smallest of all north american deer and is classified as an endangered species. A tiny endangered deer lives only in the florida keys here's what we know about its fate by karin brulliard by karin brulliard email the author september 13, 2017 email the author a key deer forages for food in the national key deer refuge on big pine key the fate of the population following hurricane irma remains uncertain (beth j. The florida key deer is the smallest species of virginia white-tailed deer in the united states colors vary from reddish brown to a grizzly gray/ blue-gray color the molting between different colored hair depends primarily on altitude and latitude throughout one year all n american deer will have two complete hair molts, where southern deer shed their coats earlier than northern species.
Key deer are a tiny, charming, protected species that is totally unique to the florida keys. The tale of the key deer is a tale of success that is souringonce near the brink of extinction because of overhunting, the smallest race of north american deer was saved by a massive national effort that resulted in the creation of the national key deer refuge in the florida keysfor a while the brown and white deer thrived, growing from a. Hurricane impacts on key deer in the florida keys roel r lopez,1 department of wildlife end fisheries sciences texas a&m university, college station.
Upper keys key largo as the gateway to the florida keys, it would be easy to drive through key largo and miss all the wonderful things this island has to offer more than just a place to stop for gas, there are plenty of reasons to get out of the car and stay awhile if you just know where to look overview: population: 12,971 area: 153 sq. Welcome to our website we are the key deer protection alliancewe're here to tell you about the key deer, a very special endangered species unique to the florida keys, and how they (hopefully) are being saved from extinction if their. Deer run bed & breakfast is located oceanfront on big pine key, florida our caribbean-style eco-friendly home is a state of florida certified green lodge.
Cervidae - deer, elk, moose there are 55 species in this family, and they are found in all parts of the world, except for sub-saharan africa, australia, and antarctica. Florida keys key deer live only in the florida keys, mainly the lower keys area the key deer is a subspecies of the white-tailed deer, yet small in size. Key deer characteristics the key deer is brown, and the baby deer have white spots, and are called fawns key deer are a subspecies of whitetail deer that are much smaller, usually 75 pounds or less the male deer have antlers their digestive system consists of 4 stomachs definition of biotic and abiotic biotic is something that is alive, while.
Endangered florida key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium) in the florida keys endangered florida key deer (odocoileus virginianus clavium) sleeping under a tree florida key deer key dear in florida facing camera florida key deer standing in homosassa springs state wildlife park florida key deer profile the florida key deer is an endangered species of deer that only live in the florida.
The key deer are exactly like white tailed deer everywhere, only much smaller they evolved to be small because of their island habitat, where food is limited and cannot support large herbivores the key deer are exactly like white tailed deer everywhere, only much smaller they evolved to be small. Is an important region in central florida for several specialized species such as the sand skink and other species of lizards. Key deer are found only in the florida keys, the archipelago of islands off the southern tip of florida while their historic range probably went from key vaca south to key west, their range now includes about 26 islands from big pine key to sugarloaf key and they can swim from one island to another key deer numbers fell to less than 50 in the. A key deer was euthanized this week after it was found to be infested with screwworm that's the bad news the good news is that it had been almost a month since the previous death, nov 14 that means the loss of the endangered species has slowed way down since the outbreak was confirmed in late.