The Chital (or Cheetal) deer, also known as the spotted deer or axis deer is a large spotted deer which commonly inhabits wooded regions of Sri Lanka and most of India. It has been introduced into many other areas across the world. Its coat is reddish fawn, marked with white spots, and its underparts are white. Its antlers, which it sheds annually, curve in a unique shape and may extend up to 30 inches.
Axis Deer congregate in herds of ten to fifty animals, which normally includes one or two stags and a number of females and young. They are extremely nervous animals that startle at the slightest provocation. Chital eat primarily grass and vegetation, but also eat their shed antlers as a source of nutrients. An axis deer stands about 35 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs about 185 pounds.