Dromedary Camel

Camelus dromedarius

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Dromedary camels only have one hump on their back, and it is actually filled with up to 80 pounds of fat, not water! This explains why baby camels are born without a hump; it isn’t until they eat solid food that they begin to develop their hump. Camels actually get most of their water from the vegetation they feed on. Although, when a water source is available, they can drink up to 30 gallons at a time. Once camels begin to metabolize their fat reserves, their hump begins to shrink and lean to one side. 

There are no wild dromedary camels. Their behavior and group size is determined by their human caretakers. 


Prefer grasses, herbs, thin branches, and fallen leaves. 

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