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Ceylon Spotted Deer

Ceylon Spotted Deer









Scientific Name

Axis axis ceylonensis

Name in English

Ceylon Spotted Deer

Local Names

Sinhala: Thith Muwa Tamil: Pulli Maan

The Ceylon spotted deer is one of the most known animals in Sri Lanka. It is referred to as the Sri Lanka axis deer as well.

Physical Attributes
The physical attributes and characteristics of the Ceylon spotted deer makes it possible for any wildlife enthusiast to identify it without much confusion. White spots on its light brown body

Habitat and Environment
Ceylon spotted deer forms a vibrant portion of the fauna of most of the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Sri Lanka. These deer predominantly inhabit lowland dry forests, savannahs, and shrub lands of the country. Additionally, water bodies, including waterholes and reservoirs, are one of the most favourite locations of the Ceylon spotted deer.

Lifespan and Reproduction

Behaviour and Feeding
The early morning as well as the evening are the two segments of the day that the Ceylon spotted deer is energetic and observable. However, these creatures can be seen throughout the day. When analysing the diet of these creatures, grass occupies the primary position but leaves as well as fallen fruits are also consumed by them. Visitors to wildlife sanctuaries will notice these creature in herds and these herds could have as much as 50 or more individuals.

Cultural and Conservation Status
Due to the relatively low number of Ceylon spotted deer in Sri Lanka and hence in the world, they are considered to be vulnerable. The most prominent threats for these tranquil creatures include deforestation and hunting. Culturally, the Ceylon spotted deer is one of the most known species of animals in Sri Lanka and it is regarded as one of the most serene wild animals in the country.

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