Chital Deer

Cervus axis

Distribution and Habitat: The axis deer is originally from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan. It occupies swampy areas and rarely moves to areas of dense forest.

Diet: The most prevalent foods in the axis deer diet are herbs, flowers and even fruit that falls from trees. A particularity of axis deer is the ingestion of mushrooms, rich in protein and water.

Reproduction: The axis deer has its reproductive season between April and May and the gestation lasts 7.5 months. They usually have 1 fawn.

Behaviour: Axis deer have two systems of dominance. The first is a matriarchal system and is composed of adult females and their offspring. Sexually active males tend to chase these herds of females during the breeding season. The other system is where the largest males and the oldest ones lead the group over the youngest and smallest.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (LC)


Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Cervidae

Dimensions: 1 meter height (until shoulder)

Weight: 27 to 45kg

Lifespan: 15 years in the Wild / 21 years in Captivity

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