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Scientific Name: 
Axis axis
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Cetartiodactyla
Family: 
Cervidae
Genus: 
Axis
Species: 
axis
Status: 
Least Concern
Quick Facts

Life Span: 20-30 years

Size: 1-1.5m

Weight: 70-90kgs

Speed: Up to 65km/hr

Collective Noun: Herd

Fun Facts

Chital deer have a keen sense of smell and excellent hearing. They also swim well and take readily to water.

Antlers: Their antlers are usually three-pronged, curve in a lyre shape and may grow up to 75cm in length.

Males sporting hard antlers are dominant over those in velvet or those without antlers, irrespective of their size and other factors.

Relationship with Langurs: An interesting relationship has been observed between herds of deer and Langurs. Spotted deer apparently benefit from the Langurs' good eyesight and ability to post a lookout in the treetops, where they can help to raise the alarm if a predator approaches. For the Langurs' part, the deer's superior sense of smell assists in early predator warning. The deer also benefit from tree fruits dropped by the langurs.   

Spotted Deer, or Axis Deer or Chital, are a species of deer native to India and countries surrounding.

At Taronga: 

At Taronga Zoo we have 5 Spotted Deer. 

Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008