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White-tailed Deer Skull

Photograph of a white-tailed deer skull

The deer skull is about 10.5 inches (26.5 cm) from front to back.

Notice the incisors in front for nipping and the long row of molars at the back for grinding. Would you expect those molar teeth to be flat or bumpy? Why?

This *herbivore's* jaw is quite loosely attached so it can move from side to side to grind its food.

The deer's eyes are on the side. This gives it more peripheral or side vision so it can watch for predators like bobcats and coyotes. Its eye sockets seem quite large. Why is that? When does it hunt?

Relative to the total size of its skull, do you think its brain cavity is large or small? How could you find out for certain?

To learn more about the white-tailed deer, visit the White-tailed Deer Quick Facts.


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