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Common Name: Four-Horned antelope

Scientific Name: Tetracerus quadricornis


Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Genus: Tetracerus

Species: T. quadricornis

The Four Horned Antelope is 3.6 ft. in body length and about 33-55 lb's. The tail length is 4 to 6 inches. The coloration is a yellow - brown to reddish. This animal adapts by dashing quickly to cover at the first sign of danger. It has four smooth horns; two of the horns are in front of the ear the second pair is found by the forehead. Antelope are rarely found far from water since they need water to survive. This animal inhabits the same territory for most of its life. It can be easily tamed when young and delicate in captivity.

They live in the Plains of Peninsular in India. They are not usually found in large numbers together. The Four horned antelope is considered vulnerable by the INCU. The species is being fragmented by human activities. The population is estimated at 1,000 to 10,000. This animal's diet is leaves, shoots, fruit, and water. There speed allows them to compete for food and also they don't live in densely populated areas . Their predators are tigers, leopards, wolf, dholes and small cats. They evade these predators by running away swiftly. An interesting fact about the Four Horned Antelope is that it jerks when its runs it is also very aggressive when it is with other Four Horned Antelope of the same sex.


Author: Dylan G.

Published: 02/2009



Photo Credit: Image is public domain






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