Wildlife Management Terms - V

Velvet: layer of collagen fibers that is the soft, blood-vessel-rich tissue that covers deer antlers during their growing stage and a velvet like appearance each year. This velvet falls off in the fall as the deer’s testosterone levels rise and the antlers get solidify

Venison: meat from a deer; high in protein, low in fat  

Venom: liquid secretion containing one or more toxins produced by an animal that must be injected by fangs or spines under the skin and into the tissues of another animal in order to be toxic. Generally not toxic if swallowed

Ventral: pertaining to the lower surface

Viable offspring: product of a breeding pair of a species and this organism is able to survive to maturity as well as reproduce successfully (fertile)

Vernal pool: temporary wetland that fills up with water from snow melt in late winter and early spring. Due to their temporary nature, vernal pools serve as breeding refuges for a multitude of amphibian species because fish cannot establish in them

Vulnerability assessment (e.g. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment): tools structured to determine the level of vulnerability (sensitivity, exposure, adaptive capacity) to climate change 

Vulture: bald headed, black feathered birds which are often seen riding the thermals (air currents) and who feed on carrion. These birds have excellent senses of sight and smell. Two vultures are found in South Florida: the turkey vulture has a red head, while the black vulture's head is black



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