Reproduction: The copulatory organ of the male has a thread like extension.
Unlike other deer, the female possesses one pair of teats. The sexual maturity is
reached at about 18 months of age in female while male attains this at two to
three years. The rutting begins in November and it lasts up to January. The oestrus
cycle exhibits for about a month and during this period the female is chased by
one or two males. The litter size is one to two. The gestation period is 150-180
days. The new born has a body weight of 600- 700 g with a characteristic striped
and spotted coat. The young remain with the mother for two months.
Behaviour: Musk deer are shy and solitary animals. They are rarely seen in pairs. Their sense of hearing is very keen. These animals are active at dawn and dusk. However, they are also active at night. They spend most of the day resting in dense undergrowth or bamboo thickets or in shades. Musk deer has one or two "latrine sites" where they defecate. Musk deer are highly territorial.
Life span: They are known to live for about 13 years in captivity.