Reeves’s Muntjac

The Reeves’s Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) is a small ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is a deer. It is also known as the Chinese Muntjac.

The Reeves’s Muntjac has reddish-brown fur with striped markings on its face. Its belly, neck, chin, and the underside of its tail are creamy-white. It has a long tongue. The male has short antlers. The female has bony lumps on her head instead of antlers.  

It grows to 50 centimetres (20 inches) to shoulder height. It measures 95 centimetres (37 inches) long. The male’s antlers are 10 centimetres (4 inches) long. 

Reeves’s Muntjac

The Reeves’s Muntjac is native to south-eastern China and Taiwan. It prefers forests and shrublands. 

It is crepuscular, active at dawn and dusk. It eats plants, berries, grass, nuts, and sometimes eggs. 

It is a solitary animal. 

The female Reeves’s Muntjac is called a doe and the male is called a buck. The female is pregnant for 209-220 days, before giving birth to one young. 

Reeves’s Muntjac
Reeves’s Muntjac
 
Reeves’s Muntjac
Reeves’s Muntjac
Reeves’s Muntjac
Reeves’s Muntjac
Reeves’s Muntjac
Reeves’s Muntjac

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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