Reproduction: Cheetals are highly prolific animals. Sexual maturity is occurred
at 16-18 months of old. Pairing is reported to take place during winter months,
though they are known to breed round the year in north India. The oestrus cycle
lasts for 21 days. The litter size varies from one to three. Gestation period is 210-
240 days. The interbreeding between cheetal and hog deer is known to occur.
Behaviour: Cheetals are less nocturnal than other deer and feed till late in the
morning and again in the afternoon. An unusual association between the cheetal and the langur is commonly seen in the wild in central India. The cheetals browse
on the leaves on the floor which fall from the trees by feeding langurs. This
symbiotic relationship also helps in early detection of predators by responding
alarm calls to each others. Both the species are benefited from the good sense of
smell of cheetal and acute vision of langur. This unique association in the wild
state, however, dramatically declines during the rainy season when other food
materials are abundantly available. Cheetal are considerably more benefited from
They drink usually twice a day (in the early morning and late afternoon) during
the hot season. Cheetal normally bark at the sight of a tiger. Cheetals are found
in herds. The usual herd size is 5 to 10 animals though as many as 50 to 70 are not
uncommon. However, the herd size depends on the availability of food and water.
The female becomes solitary a few days before parturition and remains in the
vicinity of dense brush and high grass. The young nibble on grasses when they
are 15 months old.
Life span: They are reported to live for 15 to 20 years.