Reindeer

reindeerThe reindeer is a member of the deer family.

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Where can you find reindeer?

Reindeer are found in Arctic tundra, forests, and mountains in Russia, Northern China, Canada, Alaska, and Scandinavia.

How tall is a reindeer?

The reindeer is about 4 feet (1.2 m) tall at the shoulder and is about 6 feet (1.8 m) long. Unlike most other types of deer, both bulls (males) and cows (females) have antlers. The antlers are shed each year and regrow. Reindeer have very wide hooves, a broad muzzle, and thick brown fur.

How does a riendeer keep warm?

Its thick fur traps air, which insulates the reindeer from the cold and helps the reindeer float in water.

What does a reindeer eat?

Reindeers are herbivores (plant-eaters). During the winter, reindeers eat lichens and moss; in warmer months, they also eat leaves and herbs.

Did you know?
Unlike other species of deer, both male and female reindeers have antlers.