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Camel guts

The belly of the camel is enormous, distending out from behind the chest, most of it a giant 100 litre sack of rotting vegetation, sometimes called the rumen. The heat generated by the fermentation is so great that the rumen has to be situated immediately under the...

Birthing and milking of camels

A few hours before birth, the mother will become agitated and separate from the herd; if corralled, she will try to break out. She may raise a leg and suckle herself to stimulate hormone release and encourage contractions. Birth will occur with the mother lying down...

Camel courting

Inspection of the teeth of a mature male camel reveals its darker nature. Not only does it have fang-like canines, but the corner incisors and first premolars in the upper jaw along with the first premolars in the lower jaws have also been sculpted into fangs, all of...

Camel legs

Camels bear all their weight on the two middle toes of each foot like yaks, hippos, giraffes, antelopes, water buffalos and other large herbivores, including our own cosy farmyard animals: cattle, sheep, pigs and goats – cloven footed animals, as the bible would have...

Aging a camel from its teeth

Incisors It’s best to look first at the incisors. Most ruminants have lost the incisors in the upper jaw while retaining a row of six incisors (2 centrals, 2 laterals and 2 corners) in the lower jaw. Camels however are exceptional in keeping their corner incisors in...