Naturally found in deciduous forests of southern China and Taiwan but have been introduced into the southern portion of Great Britain. Males have antlers, that are shed annually, and large canine teeth that can get up to 1 inch long. Females have bony knobs in place of antlers and smaller canine teeth than the male. They are solitary and territorial. They usually defend their territories from each other, but sometimes male territories can overlap with several female territories. They do use their preorbital glands to scent mark their territory.
Muntjacs make a sharp barking sound as their alarm call, which has given them the nickname of “barking deer.” This sound is also common during their breeding season.
Males have canines that can grow up to 1 inch long and small antlers that are shed annually. Males primarily use their canines to fight others, but antlers can also be used. Antlers are used to push an opponent off-balance, and then canine teeth are used to wound.
Muntjac use their extremely long tongue to reach many of their favorite foods. It’s so long that it can reach over the face to the eyes!