The Chital is a reddish deer with white spots from the neck to the rump and down onto the hind thighs. There is a dark stripe down the back. The underside is whitish. The inside legs and underside of the tail are also white. Males are darker and have antlers with 3 points (tines) that can grow to 80cm long. The white body spots are lined up in rows along the length of the body.
Spotted Deer, Axis Deer
Length: 1.3m - 1.9m. Tail length: 25cm. Weight 50kg - 80kg
grassy dry open forest
Chital feed in evening and night on grasses, leaves, berries, fruit, flowers.
One to three (usually 2) fawns born after a gestation period of 7.5 months
Native to India and Ceylon. In Australia there is a feral population around Maryvale Creek west of Townsville, Queensland.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License