The Leaf Muntjac (Muntiacus putaoensis)

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

The Leaf Muntjac, also known as the Leaf Deer, is a deer that is well known for being tiny. In fact, its size and cuteness has garnered it a lot of attention all across social media. So what can we know about this little guy?

Behavior and Physical Description


The main thing to note about the Leaf Muntjac is its size. It only stands at about 20 inches tall and weighs less than 25 pounds on average. Male and female Leaf Muntjacs are pretty much the same, with the exception of a 1-inch horn that appears on the heads of males during puberty.


Leaf Muntjacs have small rounded-ears that are easily damaged by predators and accidents. They also have dark facial markings and white fur on their undersides. It is believed that these markings help them blend into their environment to avoid the detection of predators.


There is not much information about the behavior of this little guy. However, other Muntjacs are typically crepuscular, which makes it likely that this one is as well.


Location and Habitat

They mainly live in the forests of Myanmar, but since there is not a lot of data on them, this is really all we know. Their population appears to be decreasing though, according to the IUCN Red List, they do not seem to be very picky when it comes to forests though, as they can be found in both tropical forests as well as cool ones.


Hopefully, we will see more information about these deer as time goes on. However, until then, watch this adorable and informational video about Muntjac deer in general:


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