A camel with lots of good storage in his or her hump can go a week or two without water, and even longer (a month or more!) without food. When they do drink water, camels can gulp down as much as 30 gallons in just a few minutes. – That’s about half of the amount your bathtub can hold!!
ExplorationBecause it stores supplies, a camel’s hump is somewhat similar to a backpack you might take along when you go for long walks or hikes.
What would you pack in your backpack if you had to walk for a longer time? Some good examples include lots of water; foods like trail mix, nuts, or sandwiches; a compass; a flashlight; batteries; and a sweater. What other helpful supplies can you think of??
Sources & links
“Camels.” Wildlife. Animal Corner. 19 Apr. 2011 “Arabian (Dromedary) Camel.” Animals ”“ Facts. National Geographic Society. 19 Apr. 2011 “Mammals: Camel.” AnimalBytes. The San Diego Zoo. 19 Apr. 2011 “Saving Water in the Bathroom.” New England Water Works Association. 19 Apr. 2011