Geographical Range Northern India to southwest China
Habitat Forests, woodlands
Scientific Name Muntiacus muntjac vaginalis
Conservation Status Common

These small deer live in the dense forests of India and China. They feed on low-growing leaves by stripping them off with their long tongue. The tongue is so long it can extend over their face and up to their ears when the animals groom themselves! Muntjacs are mainly solitary, but have been seen in groups of up to four animals. Males mark their territory using scent glands near their eyes. If they have to fight rival males, they use their one-inch canine teeth to fight, rather than their small antlers.

Did You Know?

Muntjacs are always on alert. In fact, they are seen as messengers of danger because they make a loud barking noise when alarmed.