Capra Aegagrus Hircus
Most closely related to the Sheep!
Goat Scientific Classification
- Scientific Name
- Capra Aegagrus Hircus
Goat Conservation Status
- Main Prey
- Grass, Fruit, Leaves
- Dry woodland and mountainous regions
- Human, Wolf, Mountain Lion
- Average Litter Size
- Favorite Food
- Most closely related to the Sheep!
Goat Physical Characteristics
- Skin Type
- Top Speed
- 10 mph
- 10-15 years
- 54-77kg (120-170lbs)
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Goats originated from the mountainous areas of west Asia and eastern Europe, grazing on hillsides and plains. Modern day common goats are known as domesticated goats and are thought to be very closely related to a sheep.
For thousands of years goats have been used for their meat, hair, milk and skins. In some countries goats are also used to help with carrying heavy loads.
One of the rarer species of goat is the fainting goat from Tennessee in the United States. These goats literally freeze up, the goats legs go rigid and the goat falls over. The goat will soon get back up and continue grazing until it happens again.
Most species of male goats naturally have two horns on the top of their head. The horns of the goat are made out of the substance keratin, from which human fingernails are also made. The male goats mainly use their horns to defend themselves from other dominant male goats and from unwanted predators. Some species of goat also have females that have two horns on the tops of their heads.
Goats are typically found in more barren landscapes and many species of goat tend to prefer mountainous and rocky terrains. The goats that inhabit the mountainous cliff faces are amazingly agile and are able to hold their hold well on small ledges and are very adept at jumping and running around on them.
The goat is natural prey to many predators which include leopards, tigers, large reptiles and most commonly humans. Today the goat is also found in parts of South America where the goats are farmed and hunted for their meat and skins.
The goat is most closely related to the sheep and there are many similarities between the two species as well as a number of differences which include the tail length of the goat which is noticeably longer than the tail of the sheep.View all 52 animals that start with G
Goat FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Goats herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?
Goats are Herbivores, meaning they eat plants.
What Kingdom do Goats belong to?
Goats belong to the Kingdom Animalia.
What phylum to Goats belong to?
Goats belong to the phylum Chordata.
What class do Goats belong to?
Goats belong to the class Mammalia.
What family do Goats belong to?
Goats belong to the family Bovidae.
What order do Goats belong to?
Goats belong to the order Artiodactyla.
What type of covering do Goats have?
Goats are covered in Fur.
What genus do Goats belong to?
Goats belong to the genus Capra.
In what type of habitat do Goats live?
Goats live in dry woodlands and mountainous regions.
What is the main prey for Goats?
Goats eat grass, fruit, and leaves.
What are some predators of Goats?
Predators of Goats include humans, wolves, and mountain lions.
How many babies do Goats have?
The average number of babies a Goat has is 2.
What is an interesting fact about Goats?
Goats are most closely related to Sheep!
What is the scientific name for the Goat?
The scientific name for the Goat is Capra Aegagrus Hircus.
What is the lifespan of a Goat?
Goats can live for 10 to 15 years.
How fast is a Goat?
A Goat can travel at speeds of up to 10 miles per hour.
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