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Chital (Spotted Deer)

SPECIES:
The Spotted Deer (Mammalia > Cervidae > Axis axis)

DESCRIPTION:
The chital , also known as , spotted deer or axis deer is a deer which commonly inhabits wooded regions of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and in small numbers in Pakistan. It is the most common deer species in Indian forests. It has been introduced to Queensland, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Point Reyes National Seashore near San Francisco, California, Texas and Florida as well as Hawaii in the United States and to the Veliki Brijun Island in the Brijuni Archipelago of the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia.

The chital's coat is reddish fawn, marked with white spots, and its underparts are white. Its antlers, which it sheds annually, are usually three-pronged and curve in a lyre shape and may extend to 75 cm. It stands about 90 cm tall at the shoulder and masses about 85 kg. Its lifespan is around 20–30 years.
 
LOCATION:
The Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. It is located in southeastern Rajasthan, about 130 km from Jaipur and is spread over an area of 1,334 sq km along with the nearby Mansingh and Kaila Devi sanctuaries.
 

 
   
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