The Tufted Deer with the vampire fang

Where do tufted deers live? The tufted deer occurs across southern and south-eastern China to eastern Tibet and into northern Myanmar.
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The tufted deer is a small species of deer characterized by a prominent tuft of black hair on its forehead and fang-like canines for the males. It is a close relative of the muntjac, living somewhat further north over a wide area of central China northeastern Myanmar.

Where do tufted deers live? The tufted deer occurs across southern and south-eastern China to eastern Tibet and into northern Myanmar. E. c. cephalophus is the most westerly of the subspecies, ranging from north-eastern Myanmar into south-western China.

Where do tufted deers live? The tufted deer occurs across southern and south-eastern China to eastern Tibet and into northern Myanmar.
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The tufted deer is similar to a muntjac in appearance, but the longer necks and legs give it a slightly leaner appearance. The coat is coarse with short and stiff hairs, being almost black in the winter and chocolate brown in the summer. The lips, tip of the ears, and the underside of the tails are white. A tuft of horseshoe-shaped hair is present on the forehead and upper neck, being brown to black.

The most striking feature of this deer is the fang-like canines in the males of the species. These can grow up to 2.6 cm long.

The tufted deer is small but still larger than most muntjac species. It stands at 50–70 centimetres at the shoulder, and the weight varies from 17 to 30 kilograms. The tail is short at around 10 cm. The antler is only present in males and is extremely short, almost hidden by its long tuft of hair.

Where do tufted deers live? The tufted deer occurs across southern and south-eastern China to eastern Tibet and into northern Myanmar.
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The tufted deer is mainly solitary or found in pairs. It travels in fixed routes about its territory, which is vigorously defended by the males. It is a timid animal and prefer places with good cover, where it is well camouflaged. It can be easily disturbed and, when alarmed, it will let out a bark before fleeing, moving in cat-like jumps.

The Tufted deer mating season occurs between September and December, during which the loud barks males make could be easily heard. The gestation period lasts about 6 months and a litter of 1–2 is born in early summer. The young becomes sexually mature at the age of 1–2 years, and could live up to 10–12 years in the wild.

Check the IUCN status of the Tufted Deer (Near Threatened)

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