|Distribution||China, India,Southeast Asia and the island of Taiwan|
DESCRIPTION OF THE SPECIES
A small short-haired deer. The body length is 90-110cm, the height at the shoulder is 40-55cm, the tail length is 15cm. The average weight is 10-20kg. The heaviest recorded male weighed 32kg. It is one of the largest species of muntjacs. The main colouration is dark ocher. They differ with rather simple structure of the antlers: each antler has only one (maximum two) branches, with the length of up to 15cm. Like the majority of deer, only the males have antlers. Male muntjacs also have distinct cutting teeth in the upper jaw. The distinctive feature of all muntjacs (Muntiacus genus) is a dark facial V-shaped stripes extending from the eyes. They mark secretory glands near eyes. They live solitary lives or in couples without forming herds, which is rare for deer. They are active during the morning and evening hours. They are territorial animals. Male muntjacs protect their territory from the other males. If they meet, they start fighting using not so much their short antlers, as their sharp cutting teeth. In case of threat, the Reeves’s muntjac starts to bark loud (that’s the reason why it is often called the barking deer) warning the congener about danger, and then quickly runs away with long jumps hiding in the shrubs. During the mating season, it can bark for a long time, but during the rest of the time the bark is short.
A herbivorous animal. Eats grass, other plants, fruits and berries.
In nature, they live up to 10 years. In zoos, they lived for 16-18 years.