Camel

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Design

A camel has two sets of eyelashes that protect its eyes from the blowing sands of the deserts. A camel can allow its body temperature to reach up to 106°F (41°C), which allows it to travel in hot, dry areas without losing great amounts of water. The humps of camels are not used for water-storage; they are areas of fat, which provide food during shortage. They can store up to 100 lbs (45 kg) of food. A camel’s feet are specially padded to endure the hot sand of the desert without blistering.

Features

  • The most prominent difference between the Bactrian and Dromedary camels is their humps. The Bactrian camel has two humps on its back while the Dromedary camel has only one.
  • Another difference between these two species is the length of their hair. Dromedary camels have shorter hair than the Bactrian.

Fun Facts

  • Camels are called “ships of the desert.”
  • A camel can consume up to 30 gallons (114 l) of water at one time.
  • It can close its nostrils to keep out sand.

Created Kind Members

Llama

CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)

ORDER: Artiodactyla (even-toed hooves)

FAMILY: Camelidae (camels, llamas, and vicunas)

GENUS/SPECIES: Camelus bactrianus and C. dromedarius

(Bactrian and Dromedary)

Size: Around 7 ft tall (2.1 m)

Weight: Between 990 and 1,450 lbs (449–658 kg)

Original Diet: Plants

Present Diet: Plants

Habitat: Desert regions in Africa, the Middle East, China, and Central Asia