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Chital



The chital, also known as the spotted deer or axis deer is a deer which commonly inhabits wooded regions of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and most of India. It is the most common deer species in Indian forests.
They grow to a height of approximately 90 cm at the shoulders and can weigh up to 85 kgs. Their life expectancy ranges from 20 - 30 years. Its coat is reddish fawn, marked with white spots, and it’s under parts are white. Its antlers, which it sheds annually, are usually three-pronged and curve in a lyre shape and may extend to 75 cm.

Chital eat primarily grasses and vegetation, but also eat their shed antlers as a source of nutrients.
 
 
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