With their distinctive hump, or humps, the camel is easily one of the most recognizable animals on the planet.
What is the weight of a camel?
A typical Dromedary camel will weigh around 1,600 pounds (725 kg).
The word camel comes from the Latin word Camelus. There are 3 species of camel and they are the dromedary, Bactrian camel and the wild Bactrian.
The dromedary accounts for 94% of the camel population and is easy to distinguish by its single hump.
Dromedaries can be found throughout Arabia and the Middle East and are often referred to as the Arabian camel.
Bactrian camels will have 2 humps and can be found in China and Mongolia.
Contrary to popular belief a camel does not store water in its hump but rather fat.
A camel has the ability to break down this fat into water when needed.
This makes it possible for a camel to be able to cross the desert for up to 100 miles at a time without water.
When they do eventually reach water, they can drink up to 30 gallons (113 liters) in less than 15 minutes.
The feet on a camel are specially adapted to desert life. They have 2 toes which spread out when they touch the sand that stops them from sinking.
The average lifespan of a camel is around 40 to 50 years.
~ Fun Fact ~
A camel has three eyelids and two rows of eyelashes. This helps keep sand away from their eyes.