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One hump or two?

One hump or two? 

There are two types of camels that we identify by their humps.

The one with one:

  • Dromedary – “D” shaped, one hump, “Arabian” Camels: “Dromedaries, have only one hump, [which] 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. …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. 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.

(Nat Geo)

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