2010-12-23 / Features

Reindeer Not All Red-Nosed Rudolphs

While Rudolph might be the most famous reindeer, there remains no documented evidence of a red-nosed reindeer guiding Santa's sleigh on an especially stormy Christmas Eve. But just because no one has yet to find the real Rudolph, that doesn't mean we don't know a few things about Santa's sled buddies.

Reindeer are also known as Caribou in North America.

Females generally weigh between 170 to 260 lbs., while males are often much larger, weighing as little as 200 lbs. but as much as 460 lbs.

Reindeer reside in both the Arctic and Subarctic, and hunting of wild reindeer and herding of semi-domesticated reindeer is important to several Arctic and Subarctic people.

Reindeer fur can vary considerably. In northern populations, reindeer tend to have white fur, while southern populations are darker in color.

Reindeer size can also vary depending on location, as southern reindeer populations tend to be larger than their northern counterparts.

In most reindeer populations, both males and females grow antlers. Among deer, reindeer have the largest antlers in relation to body size.

Males often battle with each other by locking antlers for the right to mate with certain females.

During migration, some reindeer reach speeds of 37- 50 miles per hour.

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