How Long Do Camels Live?

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The average life expectancy of a camel is 40 to 50 years. Their natural predators include leopards, lions and humans. Camels were domesticated more than 5,000 years ago and no longer exist in the wild.

Camels can survive for up to 10 months without water if they find a food source. They are able to store water and calories in their humps in the form of fat. Camels can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and can reach a top speed of 40 miles per hour. They reach sexual maturity at 3 to 5 years of age. There are approximately 20 million camels in the world.