Spotted Deer

These are really beautiful animals. And some stunning pictures.

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Spotted Deer (Scientific Name: Axis axis) is a species of deer found in the Indian subcontinent, which is locally known as Cheetal. Males are larger than females and antlers are present only on males. Male deer reach about 90 cm and female up to 70 cm at the shoulder. Males may weigh 30-75 kg and females weigh up to 25-45 kg. The upper parts are golden completely covered in white spots. The abdomen, rump, throat, insides of legs, ears and tail are all white. The three-pronged antlers are about 1m long.

The natural habitat of the Cheetal deer comprises of open wood land in grassy areas. They prefer to live near rivers and other sources of water. They are found living in small herds of 20 to 30 animals

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  1. Did you know that cheetahs and presumably these pretty deer get their name ultimately from the Sanskrit ‘chitra’ which means distinctively marked. Our word ‘chit’ or ‘chitty’ (Hindi for ‘letter or note’) comes from the same source, so someone asking for your chit might, but should not be surprised if you give him or her a cheetah…

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