Muntjac deer help please?
Can u tell me info on them and if they're legal or not in california?
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The various sub-species of Muntjac were all from Southern Asia and China. The beginnings of the Muntjac Deer started between fifteen and thirty-five million years ago, which has been dated from found remains.
There has been numerous studies regarding the Muntjac but to date very little is understood about them. All Muntjacs are said to be shy and cautious in nature and live in heavily wooded areas. They are very difficult to find let alone study.
The sub-species, the Leaf Muntjac, was only discovered in 1999 and it is the smallest deer known in the world. The species found directly before the Leaf Muntjac, also identified in the late 1990’s, is the Giant Muntjac weighing up to 90 pounds. The Reeves Muntjac and Indian Muntjac were introduced into Britain in the late 19th century. They are now found throughout Britain and Scotland. In 1997, they were introduced to the United States.
The Leaf Muntjac is from Southeast Asia and China and lives deep in the mountains. The Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society found the Leaf Muntjac high in the mountains of Asia and introduced them in the United States in 1999. They weigh approximately 10 – 20 pounds and the male has antlers, which are shed and grow back each year. The Reeve’s Muntjac weighs approximately 20 – 25 pounds and the male does not have antlers.
There are hundreds of articles and studies regarding the Muntjac but the information provided varies drastically. Here are just a few of the differences that have been written. Muntjacs range in size from approximately 10 pounds to 90 pounds. The coloring is from a light tan to a reddish color and then a dark brown or black. The coat is described as extremely smooth and soft or very coarse. Some are said to be nocturnal. Some are solitary while others remain in small groups. The breeding cycle and gestation periods of the sub-species are different.
It is thought the various sub-species of Muntjac have hybridized which would account for even further descriptions. Both sexes of Muntjac have canine teeth or tusks which are slightly longer than their other teeth.
It is believed the life span for males to be 16 years and for females 19 years.
The Leaf Muntjac weighs about 10 - 20 pounds, the size of a medium cat or large chicken. The Leaf Muntjac is the smallest member to date and the only one that has been identified with antlers.
They have huge eyes allowing them to see in the dark. There are scent glands on either side of the nose, which are almost invisible unless they are trying to locate or identify something. Then the scent gland would open slightly and close as if they were out of breath. The coloring is buck or a dark tan and there is a slightly darker V running from the forehead to the end of the nose. Their legs are as thin as a pencil and the tail is usually up. As babies, they have white spots in their fur.
Only the male grows antlers. The antlers are shed each year but grow back the following season with a new point. The antlers can easily be removed so they can use a doggy door.
The Reeves Muntjac looks pretty much the same as the Leaf Muntjac. However, the Reeves Muntjac are larger weighing 20 -25 pounds. They are also slightly darker in color. The males have a flat horn about 4 inches long, which lies very close to the head. The horn, like the antler are shed each year.
You can keep them as inside pets, outside pets, or inside-outside pets by using a doggy door and a five foot (preferably wooden) fence for their area.
If they are going to be indoors then you need to provide a soft bed and litter. Use dirt or sand for the litter. You would have to empty the litter every 3 to 4 days. You need bowls for water and food and a salt lick. Keep the bowls clean and wash their bed as needed, always leaving something in the bed with the deer's scent.
Did you see Bambi on the ice? This would be your little deer on tile. Just put down a small runner. They don’t chew on furniture or shoes but do not put your leftover vegetables within easy reach in a paper garbage bag. Fortunately, any problems your little deer might get into happens very slowly over time. You see them think about it before they actually do it and you can then provide safeguards. These deer have a shy and cautious nature and are not adventurous so they stay out of trouble most of the time.
Housed outside you would need all the above and you must also provide them shelter against heavy storms, wind and cold. This can be done using a doggy igloo, a small barn, or a shed area with hay for shelter and warmth. Place it in an area that is protected from heavy wind and rain.
They jump. The tiny Leaf Muntjac can jump five to six feet. They don’t jump an outside five-foot back yard fence because they stay within their territory. If they are a house pet, the house is their territory. Just as you have to childproof your home, you would have to dee