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Camel (Bactrian)

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Camelus bactrianus
Camel (Bactrian)


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.


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.


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


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


No known predators.

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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)


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

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