Scientific Name: Axis axis
Weight: 12 lbs.
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A moderately large, spotted deer with three tines on each antler; the brow tine forms nearly a right angle with the beam and the front tine of the terminal fork is much longer than the hind tine; a gland-bearing cleft is present on the front of the pastern of the hind foot; upperparts yellowish brown to rufous brown, profusely dappled with white spots; abdomen, rump, throat, insides of legs and ears, and underside of tail white; dark stripe from nape to near tip of tail. Native to India, where it is known as the "chital," the axis deer was introduced into Texas about 1932. In 1988, free-ranging herds were established in 27 counties of central and southern Texas. At this time, it also occurs as a confined animal on ranches in 67 other countries. Axis deer are the most abundant exotic ungulate in Texas. Habits. Axis deer are inhabitants of secondary forest lands broken here and there by glades, with an understory of grasses, forbs, and tender shoots which supply adequate drinking water and shade. They tend to avoid rugged terrain. Their food consists largely of grasses at all seasons. Green grasses less than 10 cm high seem to be preferred. These animals are gregarious and usually, are found in herds ranging from a few animals to 100 or more. In each herd, the leader is usually an old, experienced doe. Adult male axis deer normally are found living with herds of young and old animals of both sexes.