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Chital (Spotted Deer)

Chital(Spotted Deer)

The chital or Cheetal (Axis axis), also known as spotted deer or axis deer, is a species of Deer that is native in the Indian SubContinent This Deer species was first described by German naturalist Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben in 1777.

It’s a moderate-sized deer, male chital reach nearly 90 cm (35 in) and females 70 cm (28 in) at the shoulder. While males weigh 30–75 kg (66–165 lb), the lighter females weigh 25–45 kg (55–99 lb).

The species is sexually dimorphic & males are larger than females, and antlers are present only on males. The upper parts are golden to rufous, completely covered in white spots. The abdomen, rump , throat, insides of legs, ears, and tail are all white.

The antlers, three-pronged, are nearly 1 m (3.3 ft) long.

These beautiful pictures of Spotted deer I captured in Jim Corbett park during my latest wildlife trip and hopefully by gathering informations from various sources in Internet I not only enriched my knowledge base but hope to enlighten my readers too.

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