science education

Exploring Nature Science Education Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12

Camel (Bactrian)

Camelus bactrianus
Camel (Bactrian)

Range

The camels that live in the deserts of Mongolia and China have 2 humps. They are also tamed (domesticated) and used as pack animals in Asia and Australia.

Habitat

They are found on dry grasslands, in canyons and in mountainous areas. These are the camels of the Gobi desert.

Body Traits

Their bodies’ are10 feet long. They are 7 feet tall. The Bactrian camel’s two humps are filled with fat. Their humps sag after a long time without food and water. That is because their body breaks down the fat in their hump when it needs it. Like all camels, the Bactrian have wide feet for sand walking and eyelashes and tiny, thin nostrils for protection from blowing sand.

Habits

Camels can go for a long time without water. When they finally reach water they can drink a large amount at one time.

Diet

They eat grass, shrubs and leaves and other plants that are not good food for most mammals. They are herbivores.

Predators

No known predators.

Reproduction

They are pregnant for 12 - 15 months (gestation). They have 1 baby.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status

They can live for 40 years. They are considered endangered.

Camel (Bactrian)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Camelus
Species: Camelus bactrianus

Citing Research References

When you research information you must cite the reference. Citing for websites is different from citing from books, magazines and periodicals. The style of citing shown here is from the MLA Style Citations (Modern Language Association).

When citing a WEBSITE the general format is as follows.
Author Last Name, First Name(s). "Title: Subtitle of Part of Web Page, if appropriate." Title: Subtitle: Section of Page if appropriate. Sponsoring/Publishing Agency, If Given. Additional significant descriptive information. Date of Electronic Publication or other Date, such as Last Updated. Day Month Year of access < URL >.

Here is an example of citing this page:

Amsel, Sheri. "Camel (Bactrian)" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2019. July 18, 2019
< http://www.exploringnature.org/db/view/Camel-Bactrian >

Exploringnature.org has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar