Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53611

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Camelidae
Genus:Camelus
Genus species:Camelus dromedarius

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:2.2-3.4 m
Height:1.9-2.3 m at the hump
Weight:450-650 kg
Identification:The coat color of the dromedary camel ranges from white to brown.
Habitat:Semiarid and arid grasslands, deserts, plains
Diet:Herbivore: thorns, dry vegetation, saltbrush
Reproduction:Female camels breed every other year during any season. Apart from the herd, they give birth to a single calf after a gestation period of 365-440 days. Once the calf is able to walk, it and its mother rejoin the herd. Weaning takes place at one year of age.
Behavior:During a sandstorm, a camel can close its nostrils to keep out the flying dust.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The camel is believed to have been domesticated as early as 4000 BC and is used as a beast of burden or for riding. Camels are highly adapted to desert living, capable of going long periods without water. The hump absorbs heat and stores fat, water is stored in the stomach lining, and their body temperatures rise very slowly.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Africa
Middle East
Date:1966-02 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Dromedary camel
Camels
Camelidae
Artiodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53611