Zoological name: Axis axis is the zoological name of cheetal.
There are two recognized subspecies: A.a.axis and slightly
Distribution: They are found in India and Sri Lanka. Cheetals have also successfully been introduced in many parts of the world.
Habitat: The grass lands and forests form the ideal habitats of these strikingly beautiful and social animals. They are normally found in dry and moist deciduous forests. However, cheetal occupies the evergreen and thorn forests peripherally.
Physical feature: The male may weigh up to 85 kg. This medium sized deer stands about 35-38 inches high at the shoulder. The coat has a bright rufous fawn with white spots. Cheetal has a dark dorsal stripe that runs down the back from the nape to the tip of the tail. The underparts are white. An adult carries three-tined antlers, each composed of a beam forked at the summit and a brow tine that grows at right angles with the beam. The shedding of antlers may take palace in any time of the year. However, antlers normally drop in the month of August and September in south and in central India. The hind feet of cheetal have well developed interdigital glands.