How long do camels live?
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How long do camels live?

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The average life expectancy of a camel is 40 to 50 years. Their natural predators include leopards, lions and humans. Camels were domesticated more than 5,000 years ago and no longer exist in the wild.

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Camels can survive for up to 10 months without water if they find a food source. They are able to store water and calories in their humps in the form of fat. Camels can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and can reach a top speed of 40 miles per hour. They reach sexual maturity at 3 to 5 years of age. There are approximately 20 million camels in the world.

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    What is the name of a female camel?

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    Female camels are called cows. A cow camel may mate with a bull camel when she is two years old but won't usually produce a calf until she is five years old. A typical camel cow produces up to eight baby camels in her lifetime.

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    How many humps does a camel have?

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    Dromedary camels have one hump, while Bactrian camels have two humps. Dromedaries live in the deserts of the Middle East and north Africa. Bactrian camels live in northeastern Asia.

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    How long can a camel go without water?

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    When temperatures rise above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, camels can survive for about five days without drinking water. During the winter, camels can survive six or seven months without drinking water. During that time, they may obtain moisture from plants they consume.

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    What are some interesting camel facts for kids?

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    A common belief is that camels store water in their humps, but the humps are actually reservoirs that store fat. This allows the camel to remain cool in hot temperatures, as the rest of its body is thinly insulated. Arabian camels have a single hump, while Asian camels have two humps.

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