Depending on their needs, camels can drink up to 114 liters of water in a 10-minute sitting. If fresh water is unavailable, they may drink salty or brackish water. However, during the winter, only their food provides water.
Camels can go several days without drinking. Once water becomes available, they drink only to replenish what they lost. However, camels do not store water in their humps. These structures hold up to 36 kilograms of fat and are energy reserves in case of a food shortage. Thus, when a camel does not eat, it begins to metabolizes the fat, and its hump shrinks and becomes flabby.