They possess very large ears lined with white hairs, red-gold to tawny brown fur, blackish eyes and long dark legs. The hair turns darker during winter. There are also white marks on the hips and around the eyes. The legs are black below the tarsal as is the muzzle.
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Weaning: About 5 months. Sexual Maturity: At 1 year. Immediately after parturition the female comes back into heat, and hence may be pregnant throughout her breeding years.
Fawns may associate with their mother for over a year after birth. Ecology and Behavior Remaining hidden during the day, marsh deer emege at dusk to graze in flooded clearings, retiring again in the early morning.
As its name and habitat preference infer, the marsh deer frequently enters water. Excessive flooding causes these deer to retire to higher ground, where they often come into contact with domestic cattle, which carry several diseases which are fatal to this species. The hindquarters are well developed - an excellent adaptation for jumping the fastest way to move in waist-deep water. Males do not spar for breeding privileges, which renders the antlers as primarily ornamental objects.
Population densities range from one deer per 3. Family group: Solitary, or in groups of less than 6 animals, generally and adult male, a few females, and their young.
Diet: Grasses, reeds, aquatic plants. Main Predators: Jaguar, anaconda, domestic dogs. Distribution Floodplains and and moist forests in central South America. Range Map.
Weaning: About 5 months. Sexual Maturity: At 1 year. Immediately after parturition the female comes back into heat, and hence may be pregnant throughout her breeding years. Fawns may associate with their mother for over a year after birth.