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Axis Deer

axis-2The chital or cheetal, also known as chital deer, 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. 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 2.5 ft. It has large nasals. It stands about 3 ft tall at the shoulder and masses about 187 lb, although males tend to be larger than females. Its lifespan is around 20–30 years.