European roe deer

Capreolus capreolus

In our latitudes the deer has become a “cultural follower”. It is the most common deer species in Europe today.

The coat of the deer turns brown-red in summer and grey-brown in winter. The inside of the legs and the lower abdomen are lighter. The mirror, the region around the anus, stands out from the rest of the coat with a white-yellow colour.

There are two different gestation periods for deer. An extended one of 9. 5 months (including dormancy), after fertilization in summer, during the main rut, and one of about 5 months, after fertilization in winter, during the secondary rut.
In May and June the doe puts her fawns – usually two. During their first days of life, newborn fawns lie hidden in high grass and are visited by the doe only to be nursed.
Inexperienced people then think that the mother has left the fawn and take it with them to feed it with the bottle. This however, succeded only a little. Therefore keep your hands away from fawns that lie in the meadow and do not run away.





forests, copse, fields, meadows


leaves, buds, juicy crops


until 30 kg


Body-length up to 140 cm; Shoulder height until 80 cm;

Erreichbares Alter:

until 15 years

Tierpaten Ehrentafel



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