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Swamp Deer

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Barasingha is commonly known as Swamp deer. It is largely found in northern and central India.

The zoological name of swamp deer is Rucervus duvaucelli which falls under the genus Rucervus. At present, one can find them only in the protected sanctuaries of India.

The swamp deer of India derives its name 'Barasingha' from its large antlers. The classification of swamp deer is as below,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Artiodactyla
Family Cervidae
Genus Rucervus
  Species     Rucervus duvaucelli  

Physical Structure

Barasingha is a medium sized deer, which grows to utmost a height of 130 cm and weighs around 180 - 185 kg. Male barasinghas are slightly larger than female, males possess a dense brown coat over their body in order to make them warm and dry in swampy habitat. The skin coloration happens during their mating season. Its thick brown fur helps the deer remain warm and dry when they reside in a moist habitat. A male deer possesses huge antlers, which can grow up to a length of 75 cm.

The antlers are also varying from regions. In Northern India, the Barasingha have antlers which has a shiner and lighter appearance. Its average life span ranges between 20-30 years . During the summer the coat of barasingha lightens and develops light spots on the back and lateral sides. They have slim tail with whitish complexion.

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