Bactrian camel

Mammal

Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus)

Humps for bad times

Reserves are necessary for bad times - Bactrian camels keep their reserves within their humps. They don‘t contain water, but fat. If they are properly filled, they rise up 25-35 cm. Bactrian camels also deal well with water shortage: They can survive 2-3 weeks without water, since they rarely perspire und only loose small amounts of water when urinating. After several days without water, they can drink about 100 liters in just a few minutes.

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Category: Mammal

Size: Head + trunk 300 cm; Tail 50 cm

Age: 40 years

Sexually mature: ♀ with 3-4 years; ♂ with 4-5 years

gestation period: 12-14 month

food: Herbs, grass, leaves

habitat: Steppes and deserts

Danger: The wild form is threatened with extinction

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