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Kashmir Stag

Introduction
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Kashmir Stag is commonly known as hangul. It is largely found in Jammu and Kashmir in India.

Kashmir Stag is the State Animal of Jammu and Kashmir.

They are the sub species of Red Deer. This species with the zoological name Cervus elanphus hanglu falls under the genus Cervus. The classification is as below,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Artiodactyla
Suborder Ruminantia
Family Cervidae
Subfamily Cervinae
Genus Cervus
Species Cervus elanphus
 Subspecies   Cervus elanphus hanglu 

Physical Structure

The Kashmir Stag is a very handsome member of the red deer species. Kashmir Stag has a long head with a narrow muzzle. Its head and body length measures about 2130 to 2286 mm. Male deer weighs about 200-300 kilograms. Female deer weighs about 100-150 kilograms. Hangul can grow up to 120-140centimeters in height. Sides and limbs are paler. Belly in males are dark brown in color.


In summer, their fur looks brighter rather than during other seasons. Tail is relatively short in size. It is surrounded by whitish caudal disk and contrasting with dark brown that merges into the body. In males, hairs on the ridge of the neck are long, thick and bushy. The hair at the lower neck is long and shaggy with varying colors like brown or brownish ash or dark liver. Belly in males are dark brown in color. In adults each horn has five points, sometimes more.


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