Reeves's muntjac


Reeves's muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi)

Muntjac with long canines

The Reeves‘ muntjac is a primeval deer species. It has small pair of antlers but also elongated, pointed and sharp corner teeth in the upper jaw. Those canines are used for fighting rivals. Five-year-old males often no longer have canines since they become thin and break easily when rubbing them on trees. Muntjacs are also called barking deer. They owe that name to their short, harsh and loud calls which resemble the barking of a dog. That way they are warning of danger.


Category: Mammal

Size: head to barrel approx. 90 cm, tail 12-17 cm

Age: 17 years

Sexually mature: within 6-12 month

gestation period: 210 days

food: grasses, herbs, fruits, seeds

habitat: dense undergrowth of rain and monsoon forests

Danger: not endangered

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