Water deer: animal photo

What you see in the image is not a photo processed by Photoshop, but a real kind of water deer, which is a representative of the deer family. Its Latin name is Hydropotes inermis.

This deer is unique in that it does not have the usual attribute of all deer, namely horns, which is why it was singled out as a special group of hornless deer.

But instead of the horns, the water deer has two huge fangs, with the help of which these animals can defend themselves from enemies, as well as sift unwanted competitors during the mating season.

Water deer (Hydropotes inermis).

The natural habitat of water deer is the wetlands of the east-central regions of China, located in the Yangtze River Delta on the banks of rivers and lakes and, in addition, on the Korean Peninsula. Most often, you can watch how water deer graze in the thickets of high reeds and on the green foothills, or during their rest on the soft soil of plowed and sown fields.

Water deer swim perfectly, which gives them the opportunity, if necessary, to change the situation or when searching for new pasture to swim a distance of several kilometers, migrating between the coastal islands.

Water deer is a hornless deer.

Despite their impressive fangs, these animals, outwardly reminiscent of roe deer, feed exclusively on plant foods, but choose it more finicky than their other relatives. From time to time they like to make forays into the cultivated fields, where they enjoy the harvest with pleasure. Most deer love juicy green grass, young tender sprouts of sedge, as well as young leaves of shrubs.

Female with a baby.

Long curved fangs are the main attraction of water deer. In an adult male, their length can be from 5.5 to 8 centimeters. Fangs of water deer are mobile, they are controlled by the facial muscles. The fangs of an adult male can be compared with a folding knife: when the male eats, his fangs are pulled back, and if he is going to find out with someone, or feels danger, they move forward, turning into a rather formidable weapon.


The neck and head of male water deer are covered with many scars received from their rivals during the mating season. In the face of danger, a deer tightly clenches its jaws, while lowering its lower lip, which creates a formidable grin that can scare his opponent. It was this grin that gave the water deer another name - "vampire deer."

For a grin with fangs, the deer received the nickname - a vampire.

Water deer lead a solitary life, they only remember the existence of their relatives at the beginning of the mating season. Males mark the territory with the help of special glands that secrete liquid, which are located between their fingers. They guard their territory very zealously, and any uninvited guest will not be greeted if he decides to encroach on the habitat of a water deer.

Water deer vaguely resembles musk deer.

In order to preserve the integrity of their territory, water deer not only produce odorous liquids. To even more reliably indicate the boundaries of their possessions, they pluck grass along the perimeter of their land. But this is not enough for them. For even more reliability, they are laying out branches of young trees at the edges of the plot, which they previously mark with their saliva.

Water deer communicate with each other through a variation of sounds that are somewhat similar to dog barking. So they bark at other deer, often for no apparent reason, as well as at people wandering into their possessions. During the mating process, these deer make peculiar sounds resembling clicks, which are most likely extracted using molars. Females who are ready to mate attract the male with a quiet whistle or sound similar to a high screech.


Watch the video: Chinese water deer - pictures and facts (February 2020).

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