Spotted Deer

Spotted Deer

The chital or cheetal, also known as chital deer, spotted deer or axis deer, is a deer which commonly inhabits wooded regions of Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

The chital is monotypic within the genus Axis, but this genus has also included three species that now are placed in Hyelaphus based on genetic evidence. The spotted deer is found in large numbers in dense deciduous or semi evergreen forests and open grasslands.

Chital eat primarily grasses and vegetation, but also eat their shed antlers as a source of nutrients. It stands about 90 cm tall at the shoulder and have masses about 85 kg with lifespan of ages around 20-30 years.