These animals have a very acute sense of smell and are exclusively nocturnal, only foraging at night. Water chevrotains are primarily herbivores and feed on fallen fruits on the forest floor. However, they have also been known to eat bugs and crab meat and even scavenge meat and fish. Also, they are known to hold their heads down while walking, which allows them to navigate easily through the thick forests.
According to data published by IUCN, the total population size of the Water chevrotain is 278,000, and presently, this species is classified as Least Concern. But recent evidence suggests that their number today is decreasing because of habitat loss and hunting.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No