Reeve’s Muntjac

Muntiacus reevesi

Class: Mammalia Order: Artiodactyla Family: Cervidae

Size

Height: 1.5 ft   Weight: 24-35 lbs

Lifespan

Lifespan (Wild): 10-12 years
Lifespan (Captivity): 18 years

Diet

Bamboo, seeds, bark, fruit, foliage, eggs, carrion

Habitat & Range

Subtropical, temperate forests, rainforest

They are native to Southeastern China, and Taiwan. however they have been introduced to England

Interesting Facts

  • Muntjacs are a small species of deer with reddish brown fur. They are native to southern China and Taiwan. However, a small feral population exists in England.
  • Both males and females have tusk-like canine teeth. These are used for fighting for mates or for protection from predators. Males also have small antlers, about 4 inches long at the most.
  • There is a wild population on Reeve’s Muntjac living in England as the result of a few deer escaping from a zoo. They are considered a pest in this area. Species introduced to new areas often negatively affect the native wildlife and become competition for food sources.
  • Reeve’s Muntjac, as well as other species of muntajc deer, are sometimes called barking deer. This name comes from the loud, sharp barking noises they make. They bark if they spot a predator and as a form of communication.

Conservation Status

Least Concern