Moose are the largest member of the deer family. Their appearance is striking because of their towering size with dark brown bodies and amazing flat palmate antlers with growth skin hanging from the neck.
Also they have a muzzle that hangs downside loosely and hairy dewlap(aka bell). Their legs are long and greyish white or black. Usually found in northern Eurasia and Northern American. They shelter each winter and grow out during the summer.
So How Much Does A Moose Weigh?
Moose weight varies. Alaskan moose is the largest among all subspecies. Depending on racial or individual age and nutrition levels, on average an adult male moose or bull can weigh around 838 pounds to 1543 pounds or 380 kg to 700 kg and female moose or cows weigh around 441 pounds to 1080 pounds or 200 kg to 490 kg.
Currently, the largest moose on record is an Alaskan moose. It weighed a massive 1808 pounds or 820 kg. It was 7.6 feet tall in shoulder height and was killed in 1897.
Weights Of Different Types Of Moose:
Ussurian moose – 440 – 770 pounds (199-349 kg)
Chukotka moose – 1100 – 1595 pounds (498-723 kg)
Eastern moose – 595 – 805 pounds (269-365 kg)
Western moose – 750 – 1100 pounds (340-498 kg)
Alaskan moose – 660 – 1500 pounds (299-680 kg)
Shiras moose – 500 – 750 pounds (226-340 kg)
How Much Does A Baby Moose Weigh?
Baby moose are born reddish and weigh around 25 pounds to 35 pounds or 11 kg to 16 kg. They can easily stand up on the first day and swim within a few weeks. By fall they reach 300 to 400 pounds or 136 kg to 181 kg.
How Much Does A Moose Head And Antlers Weigh?
Moose antlers are enormous and known as the paddles. On average a fully grown moose antlers can weigh around 40 pounds or 18 kg and can grow up to six feed in width.
How Much Does A Moose Eat?
Moose are herbivores animals and love to eat a huge amount of grass and plants each day which can be about eight hours per day. Each bite includes only a few grams of food and they can easily bite and chew thousands of times every day.
Their food consumption amounts depend on the time and season and how resourceful their favorite foods are. In the summer season, there is a lot of growing grass in forests and around rivers and they love these foods. On average a moose can eat 40 pounds to 60 pounds or 18 kg to 27 kg of food each day.
Due to their huge size, it is difficult for them to bend down the plants for eating. So they prefer to feed bark, leaves, and twigs from different trees and shrubs. Their most favorite foods are sourced from native willow, aspen, and balsam fir trees.
Salt is a crucial nutrient for each moose and during the summer season, they feed heavily sodium-rich aquatic plants. In the winter season, they eat less food each day due to lack of sources.
How Much Does A Baby Moose Eat?
A baby moose can eat lots of food to gain huge weight and each day a baby moose can eat anywhere from one pound to up to 4 pounds of food.
How Tall Can A Moose Get?
When standing an adult moose can be 1.4–2.1 m (4 ft 7 inches to 6 ft 11 inches high at the shoulder. When they look upright they can be 10 feet tall if you consider head and horns. So head and body combination length can be 2.4 to 3.1 m or 7 ft 10 inches to 10 ft 2 inches. And vestigial tails add only 5–12 cm or 2 inches to 4+1⁄2 inches.
How Fast Can A Moose Run?
Moose are fast and nimble on the lands. They can easily run up to 35 mph or 56 kph for a short distance and at a moderate speed, they can run 20 mph or 32 kph.
Moose Gestation Period?
Moose gestation period is eight months 243 or almost eight months. Usually, a female moose give birth to one calf or twins depending on the food resources. However calves are born in May or June. Newborn calves have reddish hue furs compared to brown appearances of adults.
After six months of their birth, they are weaned and grow fully when they are four to six years old. A baby moose stays with her mother until the next moose is born.
How Often Do Moose Have Babies?
Each year a female moose produce a single to twin baby. There are records of triplets babies but this is a rare accident. A good habit female moose or cows can give birth when they reach 2 years of age. From three years to the next 10 to 12 years they produce calves every year.
How Much Long Does A Moose Live?
On average a moose can live up to 15 to 25 years.
Are Moose Dangerous?
Moose are not as much aggressive as you may think against humans. However, they are not more dangerous than the black bear and most of the time will run when they feel threatened. But in some circumstances, they can be aggressive. So you don’t want to approach any moose or do anything wrong that would make it angry.
Where Do Moose Live?
Moose are mainly found in the north region of USA from the Maine to Washington. Also they are found throughout Canada and Alaska. Although they are limited to cold climates because of their large size and insulting fur.
They only live in places where seasonal snow covers are available. They love forest areas with streams and ponds. They can tolerate up to 27 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit temperature.
How Fast Can A Moose Swim In Water?
Despite their staggering bulk adult moose are powerful swimmers and they can swim at 6 mph to 35 mph which is incredible compare to most humans who can only swim 2 mph.
Also they can stay submerged completely for 30 seconds to one minute or more. Their large nostrils act as valves and help them to keep the water out when they dive up to 6 meters or 20 feet.
>>They are the largest member of the dear family.
>>Moose front legs are longer and stronger than their back legs and help them to jump on any objects.
>>Their eyesight is poor but they have excellent hearing capability with a fantastic sense of smell.
>>Only male moose have antlers and they use them for protection in winter or from different predators like bears and wolves and to attract females or cows!
>>Moose word derived from the Algonquin word “moz” or “mons” which means twig eater!
>>Moose only live in areas where snow covers are available in the winter.
>>Moose spend much time in the water to prolong their lifetime!
>>Moose have no upper front teeth and this helps them to suck small marine plants while grazing underwater.
>>A moose can make all types of funny noises!
>>Usuall a male moose have dewlap(dangling flap under the chin) whose size and shape indicate its dominance level.
>>Global moose population is around 2 million and among these largest populations are found in Canada.
>>Moose is the official state animal of Main, United States.