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Dromedary camel

Camels have a life of 40 to 50 years.

•There are two types of camels i.e. Dromedary (single-humped) and Bactrian (two-humped)

•Camels measure about seven feet up to their hump and six feet up to their shoulders.

•Camels are a good source of milk, wool, and meat and are used for transportation or carrying heavy loads, too.

•Camels have a thick coat on their body, provides protection from extreme heat and cold, making them suitable for deserts.

• Camels can drink 30+ gallons of water in one sitting- one 'kneeling’ actually. They have 3 stomachs and the consensus is that at least one of these stomachs store water. In addition they have oval shaped blood cells- which stretch and in doing so absorb water.

These adaptations along with the fat stored in their humps means they can go several months without eating or drinking. Losing perhaps half their body weight in that time.

They store fat in their humps, not water, as a method of carrying fat without the heat penalty other animals pay by storing it all over their bodies.

•Camels have long legs, which help them stay above the hot desert surface.

•Dromedary camels weigh between 300 to 600 kg, while Bactrian camels can weigh up to a maximum of 1000 kg.

•Camel milk has more Vitamin C and iron than cow’s milk, and is widely available in Arab countries.

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