|Do you know the difference between horns and antlers?
- Are on animals like deer, moose, and elk – this is the Cervidae family1&2
- Grow from the top, instead of the base2
- Are shed every year, and grow the same way each year3
- Are used to display dominance by males during breeding season3
- Are on animals like cows, goats, and sheep – this is the Bovinae family1&3
- Are found on both males and females1
- Grow from the base and are permanent1
- Are covered in keratin1
Big antlers signal that a male is healthy because it takes a lot of energy to grow them. Males will shed their antlers after breeding season. After a couple of weeks, they’ll start to regrow them.3 Shed antlers are a great source of nutrition for other animals – they can get vital nutrients by eating them.2
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