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 cant resist.
Axis Deer are also commonly
known as Chital or as the Spotted Deer. It is a large species of deer, which has a
particularly elegant and charming appearance. Axis deer are relatively high legged, with
thick necks and long heads. Males are larger in size than the females and have thicker
necks and chests. Males are darker in colour, especially around the head and face, and
this darkening becomes more pronounced with increasing age.
The coat is distinctive being a
rich dark brown coloured with numerous white spots running in rows along the flanks. There
is a dark black stripe of fur that runs down the spine. The under parts, insides of the
legs, and the lower throat are white. The nose and eyes are dark in colour; the eyelashes
are long and especially noticeable. The muzzle and face is often darker in colour than the
body, and sometimes has black markings. The tail is long and has a white underside.
Only the males carry antlers.
These grow in a lyre like shape and can be up to 76 cm long. Typically these have only
three tines each, meaning that is total the antlers have 6 tines. The antlers are carried
low, and have a strong front prong; the backwards-pointing prong is long and ends in a
fork. The antlers are usually shed annually, but because this is a tropical living species
there is no specific season in which they are lost.
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