Lesser Malay Chevrotain (Lesser Mouse Deer) (Tragulas javannicus)

Interesting :

Lesser mouse dear is a small even-hooves ungulate ruminant. It is considered as the smallest even-hooves ungulate. It looks like deer but has no horn for both male and female. Its coat is red-brown in color with 3 white vertical marking under its neck.

Habitat :

It is found in Tanao Sri Mountain Range, Indochina, Malaya, Sumatra, Java, Borneo as well as other nearby island and Thailand.

Food :

It eats leafs, grasses, wild fruits that have fallen from trees, and treetops of shrubs. Its favorite is young grasses.

Behavior :

It is a nocturnal. It normally makes a living since twilight until early morning. During daytime, it resides around rock folds, tree hollows, and dense vegetation. It is easily frightened. It normally likes to stay solitary, except for breeding season that it will stay in couple. It likes to make a living around grasslands or edges of forests. It tends to live in tropical rain forest, which is lowland forest, than sparse forest. Its sound is "jeed jeed" which is like that of a mouse. It is actively and quickly as well as keen on swimming.

Current Status :

It is a protected animal of Thailand under Thai Wildlife Protection Act B.E. 2535.

Size and weight :

Its body length is around 40-48 centimeters, height is around 20-25 centimeters, and weight is around 1.5-2.5 kilograms.

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Update : 11 April 2017