These small, secretive deer are active at night, exploring the forest floor and munching on leaves and fruit. Their survival depends on the conservation of the Asian rainforests they call home.
The head and body length combined is 20-24 inches. The weight of the animal runs from 9 to 13 pounds. Its coat is uniform red. They have a cumbersome build, with short thin legs and have limited agility. Males are smaller than females.These small secretive creatures are most active at night. Like other ruminants, they have a four-chambered stomach. Their gut is modified for the fermentation of food.
They lead a solitary lifestyle and have no horns or antlers. They are easy prey and an important source of food for many predators, including large snakes, crocodiles, eagles and forest-inhabiting cats. These animals are often referred to as a mouse deer. The survival of this species depends on the conservation of their habitat and restriction of hunting.
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The chevrotain is the smallest living hoofed animal, and it still looks very similar to fossils of its 30 million year old relatives.
They live solitary or in pairs and are mainly nocturnal.
Breeding can occur throughout the year. The active young are fully developed at birth, being capable of standing within 30 minutes. Sexual and physical maturity come at about 5 months.