December 15, 2021/Farm

The One humped camel is also known as Dromedary, they are native to Arabian region. The prominent feature of their body which is the hump stores up to 80 pounds of fat, which a camel can break down into energy and water if during shortage/absence of food and water. This hump give a camel the ability to travel 100 desert miles without water, their skin rarely produces sweat which is also an adaptive feature which help their body to conserve water.

Also 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. They can consume about 100L of water in 10 minutes.

Camels also have the same naming pattern as cattle with respect to sex, i.e. a male camel is a Bull while a female camel is called a cow. An adult camel stands at an average height of 6ft. Female camels (cows) carry their young ones for about 14 months before giving birth and they are weaned at 1-2 years. Some are born completely white and turns brown as their adult coats comes in. They have thick skins on their chest and knees which is why they can sit on hot sand and not get hurt.

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