The Chital Deer stands at about 90 cm (3′) tall and usually weigh around 85 kg (187 lbs), so smaller compared to other ungulate species but still a nice size. I am sure you noticed from the picture that they tend to have the typical tawny-coloured coat covered with white spots, which is a really nice look for them. What you may not have noticed in the picture is the fact that the tail of the Chital Deer tends to be larger than most other deer species. I am not sure what the purpose of the larger tail is but I bet they are proud of it.
In their natural range (i.e. India) the Chital Deer is usually found in large numbers throughout the forests and open grasslands, with the highest number of Chital Deer being found in the forest of India where they like to munch on grasses and shrubs. As I just alluded to, these deer species are typically grazers feeding on grasses and small shrubs; however, they have been known to mix it up a little and feed on fruit, forbs and tree branches.
You can probably guess that a smaller deer species like the Chital has quite a few predators, including tigers, dholes, leopards and crocodiles. Interestingly enough, they have formed a relationship with the Northern Plains Gray Langur, which is a leaf-eating monkey.
Similarly, the Chital Deer has a great sense of smell and they will notify their monkey friends if they get a whiff of a mean ol’ bully approaching. This is why you will often see these Langur’s grazing on the ground around a group of Chital Deer.