Why Camels are called the ship of the desert?

Camels are called ships of the desert because they can carry heavy loads (over 200 hundred kg) of goods and travel (4km/h) for a long period of time without food or water.

There are following adaptations of Camels, which help them to survive in the desert and make them the ship of the desert.

1. They have large flat padded feet, that helps them to walk easily on the sand in the hot desert.

2. Their long legs keep the body away from the heat of the sand.

3. They are equipped with double eyelashes, which acts as a shield from sandstorms. 

4. They have thick eyebrows that protect their eyes from the scorching heat of the desert sun.

5. They have a hump on their back which is filled with fat, which is metabolised for energy when the camel does not get anything to eat.

6. They excrete very little water from their body through dry dung.

7. They have nostrils that can open and close so that they don't get sand up to its nose.

8. They have thick lips and rough tongue so that they can eat the prickly desert plants without feeling pain.

9. They have ears covered with hair even from the inside, which helps them keep out sand or dust from their ears.


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Updated on: 26-Apr-2023


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