The deers skeleton provides protection for the deer it also provides the deer's shape andmovement.The metatarsal bones in a whitetail deer are the longest bones in the deers skeleton. These bones make up the deers lower leg. The deer's legs are perfectly designed for running and jumping. A deer walks on his toenails instead of his toes. The deers front legs are designed to give the deer the ability to pivot quickly and easily. The back legs give the deer running power. The back leg bones fit into the deers hip sockets While the front legs are primarly held on by bone and connective tissue. The whitetail skelton stands between 36 to 42 inches high from the ground to the top of the front sholder when the deer is standing.