Animals with Antlers

As opposed to horns – which are bony structures covered with keratin – antlers are not only made of bone but also cartilage, tissue, and skin and have blood vessels and nerves running through them. Also unlike horns, antlers are not permanent. All antlered animals shed and re-grow their antlers on an annual basis.

Antlers exist in members of the family Cervidae, i.e., deer, moose, reindeer, and elk. The only exception is the water deer, which lacks antlers entirely.

Animals with Antlers

List of Different Types of Animals that have Antlers


  • Barbary Stag


  • Alashan Wapiti
  • Barasingha Deer
  • Bawean Deer
  • Bornean Yellow Muntjac Deer
  • Calamian Deer
  • Chital Deer
  • Eld’s Deer
  • Fea’s Muntjac Deer
  • Indian Hog Deer
  • Indian Muntjac Deer
  • Muntjac Deer
  • Pere David Deer
  • Persian Fallow Deer
  • Philippine Deer
  • Philippine Spotted Deer
  • Reaves Muntjac
  • Rusa Deer
  • Sambar Deer
  • Sika Deer
  • Tufted Deer
  • White Lipped Deer


  • European Fallow Deer
  • Finnish Forest Reindeer
  • Mountain Reindeer
  • Red Deer
  • Roe Deer
  • Svalbard Reindeer

North America

  • Alaska Moose
  • Barren-Ground Caribou
  • Black-Tailed Deer
  • Boreal Woodland Caribou
  • California Mule Deer
  • Cedros Island Mule Deer
  • Eastern Moose
  • Manitoban Elk
  • Mule Deer
  • Northwestern Moose
  • Peary Caribou
  • Porcupine Caribou
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Roosevelt Elk
  • Shiras Moose
  • Sitka Deer
  • Tule Elk
  • White-Tailed Deer

South America

  • Brocket Deer
  • Marsh Deer
  • Northern Pudu Deer
  • Pampas Deer
  • South Andean Deer
  • Southern Pudu Deer
  • Taruca Deer


1. Which animals have the largest antlers?


2. In which species do the females also have antlers?


3. What is the smallest animal with antlers?

Southern Pudu Deer

4. Is the size of the antler a correct indicator of an animal’s age?

No, because for an individual animal the antler size does not change much after five years.

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