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How long is the gestation period of a deer (red)?



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Asked by Svyns, Last updated: Sep 09, 2020

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F. Ray

F. Ray

F. Ray
F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Answered Jul 20, 2018

The gestation period of the deer is around 236 days. Gestation is the process of carrying the fawn in the womb. This term actually came from a Latin word, “gestare.” The meaning of this is “to bear.” The fact that the fawn can be carried for a long time means that the doe may only get pregnant once a year.

A doe may be able to produce up to 3 fawns but a lot of them would produce two. Hunters would need to know their prey well. It will not be ideal to hunt a doe that is pregnant. A fawn will not be able to survive without its mothers. It would take a long time before the fawn would be able to do things on its own.

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Answered Aug 24, 2017

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