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Mouse deer or Indian Spotted Chevrotain

5th December, 2020 Environment

Context: Indian Spotted Chevrotain or Indian Mouse Deer is an Artiodactyl i.e. a species of even toed ungulate in the family Tragulidae, found in India, Sri Lanka and possibly Nepal.

  • It is the smallest deer in India and is highly nocturnal.
  • The conservation status of Indian mouse deer, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources), is Least Concern.
  • Hunting and trapping by tribals and frequent forest fires are the biggest threats to these small deer.