Cheetal (Axis axis)


The chital or cheetal, also known as spotted deer. The chital is a moderately sized deer. Males reach nearly 90 cm (35 in) and females 70 cm at the shoulder; the head-and-body length is around 1.7 m. While immature males weigh 30–75 kg, the lighter females weigh 25–45 kg. Chital are active throughout the day. In the summer, time is spent in rest under shade, and the sun’s glare is avoided if the temperature reaches 80 °F (27 °C). Activity slows down during midday, when the animals rest or loiter about slowly. They fall asleep a few hours before sunrise, typically in the forest which is cooler than the glades. The  diets are hares (Lepus spp.), small mammals, and birds may also be taken.