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Camel or Dromedary - What’s the Difference?

1. Number of Humps

Usually when we talk about camels, we actually mean Bactrian camels. They have two humps and mostly live in Asia. They are also known as two-humped camelsDromedaries have onlye one hump and are mostly found in Africa. They are known as the one-humped camel.

Bactrian Camel

  • Size: 71-90 inches (180-230 cm) (shoulder heigth)
  • Weight: 661-2,204 pounds (300-1,000 kg)

Bactrian Camel Bactrian Camel - Photo: aleksandr hunta/Shutterstock


  • Size: 71-79 inches (180-200 cm) (shoulder heigth)
  • Weight: 661-1190 lb (300-540 kg)

Dromedary Dromedary - Photo: Ivan Pavlov/Shutterstock


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