Musk deer

The Kashmir musk deeris an endangered species, This species was originally described as a subspecies to the alpine musk deer, but is now classified as a separate species.


Musk deer live mainly in forested and alpine scrub habitats in the mountains of southern Asia, notably the Himalayas.


Distribution and habitat. Himalayan musk deer occurs in parts of northern Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and in northern areas of Kashmir. It inhabits high alpine environments above altitudes of 2,500 m (8,200 ft).


The musk deer family differs from cervids, or true deer, by lacking antlers and facial glands and by possessing only a single pair of teats, a gallbladder, a caudal gland, a pair of tusk-like teeth and—of particular economic importance to humans The deer stand at 60 cm (2.0 ft) tall, and only males have tusks and they use them during mating season to compete for females.


The majority of their diet consists mostly of lichens, pine needles, leaves, and tree barks. During the winter, 99% of musk deer’s diet are lichens. Siberian Musk deer have a preference for easily digestiblenutritious foods

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