Bactrian Camel Facts
Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|1.7m - 2.1m (5.5ft - 7ft)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|600kg - 816kg (1,322lbs - 1,800lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|35 - 50 years|
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
The protective layer of the animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Deserts close to water|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
|Main Prey:||Seeds, Grass, Thorny Shrubs|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Human, Tiger, Monitor Lizards|
Characteristics unique to the animal
|Thick fur and two humps|
Bactrian Camel Location
Map of Asia
Bactrian CamelThe bactrian camel is better known as being the type of camel with two humps. There are only two surviving species of camel remaining, the single humped camels from the Middle East and the bactrian (double humped) camel from Northern Asia.
There are thought to be more than a million bactrian camels domesticated worldwide in not just Asia, but also parts of Africa and the Middle East. Camels have been domesticated for around 2,000 years for both pulling/carrying heavy loads but also for transporting both humans and merchandise.
Like the single humped camel, the bactrian camel is able to survive on its own water reserves for long periods of time meaning they can cross enormous desert plains and mountain ranges without the need to stop so often.
The bactrian camels humps work in the same way to the Arabian camels humps, with the bactrian camels humps used for storing fat which can be converted to water and energy when the bactrian camel is unable to find food and water. The bactrian camels humps give the bactrian camels their legendary ability to endure long periods of travel without water, even in harsh desert conditions. As the fat in the bactrian camels humps gets used up, the bactrian camels humps become floppy and flabby.
The bactrian camel is one of the most adaptive animals in the world with the bactrian camel being able to withstand temperatures from 40 degrees Centigrade in the summer to -30 degrees Centigrade in the winter.
Bactrian camels have developed special adaptations to allow the bactrian camel to survive in such a brutal environment. The bactrian camel has a thick, shaggy coat that protects the bactrian camel from the cold in the winter and the bactrian camels coat falls away as seasons change and temperatures rise to allow the bactrian camel to keep cool in the summer.
Bactrian Camel Translations
Chameau de Bactriane
גמל דו דבשתי
Çift hörgüçlü deve
Lạc đà hai bướu
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First Published: 1st December 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]
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