Friday, November 16, 2007

One hump or two? Two!

Bactrian camels can close their nostrils to keep the sand out! They store fat in their two humps to ensure survival when food is scarce. They average about 7 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh from 660 to 1500 pounds.

Bactrian camels will eat nearly any vegetation in the rocky desert. The Bactrian camel has special sacks around its stomach to store water (about 1.5 gallons). It takes about 30 gallons of water fill up a Bactrian camel who has used all of its water.

Bactrian camels live in central Asia.

Jungle Jane

2 comments:

Karisia_Limited said...

Hello,
Can you tell me if Bactrian camels still live in the wild in Asia. I work for a camel safari company in Kenya.
Thanks,
Paul Lereete
Karisia Walking Safaris
http://www.karisia.com

Jungle Jane said...

There are some, yes. Check out this site for more information: http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Camelus_bactrianus.html