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Axis Deer Pictures

Axis deer are beautiful animals and are also a great prize for deer hunters. Further down are our axis deer pictures, you can also find axis deer hunting trophies in our deer hunting trophies section. Next to the red stag, the axis deer is generally considered one of the most attractive of all wild deer. Their beautiful coloration is primarily a reddish brown with white under their throat, stomach and tail area. Most axis deer also have a dark stripe that runs from their head to their tail and white spots that dot their sides and upper body. Of course, their most impressive asset is their long barrel shaped antlers. It is these extremely tall and narrow antlers that create the mount that most trophy deer hunters can’t resist.

Distribution

Axis deer occur throughout the Indian subcontinent and the island of Sri Lanka. They are abundant in India and one of the most common species of deer found there.

They have also been introduced into a number of European countries, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. In Europe numbers are small, mainly because they are not particularly hardy and suffer in the cold winters that occur here. Large numbers are kept in the United States, especially in Texas, where they are used for ranching purposes.

Habitat

Axis deer prefer parkland habitats, with open woodland in grassy areas. They are frequently found close to rivers and other sources of water. They can also be found in more dense habitats such as thick jungle or forest, although this is not there favourite habitat. They do not like rugged areas of habitat.

Diet

Grass makes up a large proportion of the diet, but they also feed on herbaceous plants and browse on twigs and leaves.

Lifespan

Chital have a lifespan of up to 9 to 12 years in the wild, although many fall prey to predators before they reach this age. In captivity they can live for over 20 years.

Here is our second page of Axis Deer Pictures, click on the pictures to make them bigger, feel free to download any of the pictures to your computer.