Odocoileus virginianus clavium, 09 July 2011

Odocoileus virginianus clavium, the Key deer;
Monroe county, Florida (09 July 2011).

The Key deer is an absolute treasure of the Florida Keys. This subspecies of the white-tailed deer is somewhat miniaturized, typically standing only about 26-30 inches at the shoulder, which makes sense given they scratch out a living on the relatives small islands of the Florida Keys. The subspecies is also somewhat unphased by humans. This individual was lounging about with a group at the edge of a Mangrove in the middle keys. It was content to just chill out while I slowly walked around and snapped some pics.

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