Chinese water deer

Hydropotes inermis inermis

Description:
Chinese Water Deer
Facts:

A small deer somewhere between a Roe deer and a Muntjac in size. At about 50cm at the shoulder for an adult and weighing between 8 and 13kg. The rear legs are longer than the front giving the rump a notable elevated appearance. It is suggested that the reason for their slow spread is due to their preference for wet reeded areas although they will adapt to other environments. Their call is more of a growl than the high pitched bark of the Muntjac.

They are found to browse grasses reeds and sedges with a liking for bramble in the winter months. They will also take the tops from cultivated root vegetables.

Introduced:

Late 1800's
Origin:
China
Location:
A few sites in South and East England
Status:
Small stable population showing slow increases in numbers
Problems:
Comments:
Will remove tops of root vegetables and damage potato crops.