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Reeves's Muntjac

Munticus reevesi

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About the Reeves's Muntjac

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Class: Mammalia 
Order: Cetartiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Genus: Munticus
Species: reevesi

In addition to Reeves's muntjac, there are eleven other species of muntjac. Scientists are especially interested in muntjacs because each species has slightly different features even though they all live in the same natural range in Asia.

Reeves's Muntjac Facts

Appearance:

Muntjacs are small and slender with slightly raised rumps, which gives them a slightly hunched look. Antlers, which shed annually, are only found on males. Muntjacs have two scent glands below their eyes and two in a distinctive "V" shape on their forehead. Soft, short hair covers their body, with the exception of their ears. Males have sharp tusks.

Size:

  • Length: 3 - 4.5 feet
  • Tail: 5 - 9 inches
  • Weight: 35 - 75 pounds

Diet:

Leaves, fruit, bark and fungi

Behavior:

Muntjacs don't form herds; they live alone or in pairs, rarely leaving their own territory. They're called "barking deer" because of the dog-like sound of their warning cry.

Reproduction:

Gestation lasts for seven months, and females give birth to one offspring. Babies have spotted coats. They reach sexual maturity at six months.

Habitat/Range:

Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Taiwan, and southern China

Median Life Expectancy:

Up to 16 years