Contrary to popular opinion, camels in fact do not store water in their humps. Instead, they store fat. If food for a camel is scarce, the camel’s hump provides the energy necessary to survive. If a camel is starving, its hump begins to shrink!
A camel is able to eat the thorny shrubs other animals can’t because of their specially adapted mouth. Camels can survive off of the water these plants provide, however, they cannot go without water indefinitely.
Fun Fact: In the first and second compartments of a camel’s stomach (they have a total of 4), there are cavities which hold water that isn’t mixed for digestion.
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