The sika deer : A fascinating species native to East Asia

  • Published on : 28/03/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

The sika deer (Cervus nippon) is a captivating species native to much of East Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, eastern China, Korea, and parts of Russia. While their native range has contracted, sika deer have been introduced to many other parts of the world, such as Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. These medium-sized deer are known for their distinctive spotted coat that persists into adulthood, unlike many other deer species. Sika deer also exhibit remarkable variation in size between subspecies and noticeable sexual dimorphism, with males being larger than females.

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