Bighorn Sheep Male Skull


The Bighorn Sheep is characterized by the large heavy horns that the male possesses for sparring. This territorial fighting consists of a series of running head-butts that can last for hours.

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Bighorn Sheep Male Skull Replica measures 11.8 in. Bighorn Sheep Male Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. Horns measure 32.6 inches. Cast is of an original California Academy of Sciences specimen. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull.

The Bighorn sheep or Ovis canadensis is a subspecies of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) that is native to the deserts of the United States’ inter-mountain west and southwestern regions, as well as northwestern Mexico.

The characteristics and behavior of the Bighorn Sheep or Ovis canadensis generally follow those of other bighorn sheep, except for adaptation to the lack of water in the desert. They can go for extended periods of time without drinking water.

Bighorn Sheep or Ovis canadensis are stocky, heavy-bodied sheep, similar in size to mule deer. Weights of mature rams range from 115 to 280 pounds, while ewes are somewhat smaller.

Due to their unique concave elastic hooves, Bighorn Sheep or Ovis canadensis are able to climb the steep, rocky terrain of the desert mountains with speed and agility. They rely on their keen eyesight to detect potential predators, such as mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, and they use their climbing ability to escape.

Bighorn Sheep typically live for 10 to 20 years. The typical diet of a desert bighorn sheep is mainly grasses. When grasses are unavailable, they turn to other food sources, such as sedges, forbs, or cacti.

Bighorn Sheep or Ovis canadensis are adapted to a desert mountain environment with little or no permanent water. Some may go without visiting water for weeks or months, sustaining their body moisture from food and from rainwater collected in temporary rock pools. They may have the ability to lose up to 30 percent of their body weight and still survive.

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Additional information

Weight 42 lbs
Dimensions 11.8 in
Bighorn Sheep Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Caprinae
Genus: Ovis
Species: O. canadensis
Subspecies: O. c. nelsoni
Trinomial name: Ovis canadensis nelsoni
Conservation status: Critically Endangered