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Moose
(Alces alces)
moose
Description
Is the largest extant species in the deer family. They have an elongated head with pendulous snout, unique hanging dewlap, and huge ears. Their upper lip is marked by a small rectangular bare spot. They have a heavy body, light brown to black, with humped shoulders, a small tail and long legs gray at bottom. Males are larger than females and bear enormous palmate antlers (largest in the world) that are grown in summer and shed in winter.
Dimensions
They grow up from 7 to 10 ft, adding a tail from 3 to 4 inches. They weigh from 790 to 1,320 lb. Males are distinguished by carrying the largest antlers of any mammal, which can weigh as much as 77lb.
Diet
Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation.
Habitat & Range
They typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Currently, most moose are found in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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