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The ancient camel question is: One hump or two? Arabian camels, also known
as dromedaries, have only one hump, but they employ it to great effect.

The hump stores up to 80 pounds
(36 kilograms) of fat, which a camel
can break down into water and energy when sustenance is not available.
These humps give camels their legendary ability to travel up to 100
desert miles (161 kilometers) without water. Camels rarely sweat, even
in desert temperatures that reach 120°F (49°C), so when they do take
in fluids they can conserve them for long periods of time. In winter,
even desert plants may hold enough moisture to allow a camel
to live without water for several weeks.
When camels do refill, however, they soak up water like a sponge. A very thirsty
animal can drink 30 gallons (135 liters) of water in only 13 minutes.
Other adaptations help dromedaries thrive in desert conditions. Their nostrils
close to keep sand at bay, and they have bushy eyebrows and two rows of
long eyelashes to protect their eyes. Large, tough lips enable them to
pick at dry and thorny desert vegetation. Big, thick
footpads help
them navigate the rough rocky terrain and shifting desert sands.
Arabian camels have been domesticated for approximately 3,500 years and
have been long valued as pack animals. They can carry large loads for up to
25 miles (40 kilometers) a day. Some cultures judge a person's wealth
based on the number of camels they own. Today, nearly all of the
world's camels are domestic animals. They are found in northern
Africa and southwestern Asia, and have been introduced to Australia.
Type: Mammal
Size: Over 7 ft (2.1 m) tall at the hump
Weight: Up to 1,600 lbs (726 kg)
Groupe Name: Flock or Caravan

Size relitive to a
6 ft (2m)man:
Arabian Camel - Camelus dromedarius
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