Camels are capable of drinking 30 gallons (135 liters) of water in under 15 minutes. The camel's body is very efficient when it comes to water use and it reabsorbs it after use. For example, water vapor that is normally part of breathing is reabsorbed in the camel's nostrils as the animal exhales. Contrary to popular belief, camels do not store water in their humps. Rather their humps are built up of fat, which can then be turned into energy when sources of nutrition are not available. As the camel uses its fat storage, the hump can become soft and floppy.
More about camels:
- Camels can carry between 375 to 600 pounds (170 to 270 kg) when traveling for 29 miles (47 km) a day.
- Camels can grow to be 7 feet tall (2.1 meters) and weigh up to 1,800 pounds (816 kg).
- A camel's diet consists of whatever is growing in the area. Like cows, camels regurgitate their food and re-consume it.