Western Tufted Deer Fact Sheet

Class:

Mammalia 

Order:

Artiodactyla

Family:

Cervidae

Genus:

Elaphodus

Species:

cephalophus

Life span:

15 years

Gestation:

180 days 

Number of young at birth:

1 to 2 fawns per year

Age of maturity:

18 to 24 months 

Size:

110 to 160 3.6-5.3 ft long with a shoulder height of 1.6-2.3 ft

Weight:

37 to 110 lbs

Size at birth:

3 lbs

Description: Body is chocolate brown with a white belly and gray and white head and neck.  Gets its name from the distinctive tuft of hair see on the top of its head.  The tuft is darker in color than the rest of its body and is blackish brown. Coats are short and dense with spiky hairs, giving the tufted deer a shaggy appearance. Young are colored like adults with an additional row of white spots along each side of the spine. 
 

 

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Facts:

  • Habitat: high valley jungles, mountain forests
  • From NE Burma (Myanmar) and southern and central china.
  • Herbivore – eats leaves, twigs, fruits, grasses and other types of vegetation
  • Bucks are known to fight over a territory and mates using their canines and antlers
  • Tufted deer are shy during the day and become more active at night