Long-tailed Camel Species in Sutersa | World Anvil
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Long-tailed Camel

The reliant carrier of the deserts

In the inhospitable desert life can seem harsh to people accustomed to more lively climates. But if you dare to brace the hot days and the cold nights, and manage to get invited to a campsite you will soon see that life in the desert is more like the life you're used to. Around the fire people sit down after a long day of travelling across the lands and share a meal together. There is music and laughter. And just outside the tents lies another life: the huge long-tailed camels that is the sole reason these people can continue their nomadic lifestyle.

Basic Information


The long-tailed camel is a hoofed animal that is especially adapted to life in the desert thanks to its two big humps on its back that carry fat and water, meaning that they are able to drink when they're able to and then store it for a long time. The body is quite oblong with the long neck and tail balancing each other. This gives the camel a great balance and stability, even in harsh desert storms.

Ecology and Habitats

The camel is supremely adapted to the deserts and steppes surrounding it. They have thick fur that insulate them to both the heat and the cold, and the fat that is stored in their humps further help them regulate their temperature. The humps also help them travel great distances without having to worry about finding water. This means they are not as restricted in how far they can go. Humans have greatly taken advantage of this. Thanks to this the habitat of the camels have increased into the regions around the desert as people want to bring their trusty companions with them as they travel.

Dietary Needs and Habits

As a herbivore, the camel's diet consists mostly of the different kinds of grass and plants it can find in the desert, it is quite adapt at eating and ingesting even the hardy plants that survive here.

Additional Information


The camel has been domesticated a very long time, with a lot of scientist now believing that it may have been one of the first animals to be domesticated at all. Today they are rarely captured in the wild but rather bred and thus brought up getting tamed from the beginning. A wild camel is useless to people so it's often common to let children play with young camels to socialise them, and overall camels live very close to their humans at all times.   In truth there are very few truly wild camels left as the people of the desert see all camels as belonging to the people of that area and if you dare try and take a camel in the wild you can be sure someone will come after you. It is very hard to know which camels aren't tamed and which ones are just out there breeding for now.

Uses, Products & Exploitation

Camels are used in a variety of ways by the people in the deserts. Though foremost a packing and riding animal, they are also used for their milk and meat in cooking, and their fur is used for warm clothing and tents.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

The deserts and steppes of Regerwa.

20 years
Conservation Status
Average Height
1.5 meters including the humps
Average Weight
700 kg
Average Length
4.5 meters including tail and neck
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
To match their surroundings, camels are generally patchy in yellow, brown and beige tones, with some getting almost black or white in places. Both albinism and melanism exists as well where the whole body is the same white or black colour. These animals rarely survive in the wild at all.

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Cover image: by Cornelia Jakobsson


Author's Notes

The original version of this article was created as an entry for World Anvil's flagship Summer Camp 2019 event, specifically for prompt #8: "Write about a creature that is used as a beast of burden or transport animal."
  You can view my other entries from the competition here, or check out all past World Anvil competitions here.

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Jul 2, 2019 11:25

That was a really interesting article! There was one main thing that I didn't find explained in the article explicitly, and it was: Why are they going extinct? Why are there barely any camels left in the wild? If they are not being caught any more, shouldn't their population have bounced back?   I was particularly fond of how you introduced the species by showing the gathering of people in the desert, which was only possible thanks to the existence of this species.   PS: You may be aware, but real world camel's life span is twice as much as those in your world. I thought I should mention it just in case. In comparison, your camels are also quite heavy.

Jul 2, 2019 13:14 by Eidal (former Etalia) Louwatt

Thanks for the feedback! I'll definitely have to expand on the extinction part, it's basically the way it's with wild horses in our world, there simply aren't many because almost all are claimed by some person or another. Regarding the weight and lifespan I took my info from the Swedish wiki where it says that around 700 kg are the average weight, and that they get 25-35 years old in general. I will have to do more research and see if I want to adapt anything!

Jul 2, 2019 14:27

Thanks for your answer. I realise that maybe my feedback is quite "biology" based, but that's because I'm a biologist xD   I got a nice source for you on camels in case you are interested. The book is called "The Camel (Camelus Dromedarius): A Bibliographical Review" and it's on google books (https://books.google.nl/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ipGBmdJy_5cC&oi=fnd&pg=PA66&dq=Camelus+dromedarius&ots=Q20Dhz7D5B&sig=MTOYQPz3wYt06Cs8G4WbDoqWEsE#v=onepage&q=life&f=false).   On page 66-67 you'll find a description on weights and similar measurements, and on page 16 you'll find details about their lifespan.

Jul 2, 2019 14:30 by Eidal (former Etalia) Louwatt

Wow thank you, I'll definitely give it a look!

Jul 2, 2019 14:45 by Benjamin Andula

Very interesting take on how you can treat transport animals: You treat them as something very important, to the point that they get extinct, moreover how they are totally incapable to survive in the Wild, due to how important they are to the humans of Regerwa.   However, why aren't people paying attention to how flows the populations of Long tailed camels ? It's really odd since they're really important to the nomadic life that seems to have the will to continue, whatever happens. Maybe this could be developed in the article ?

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Jul 2, 2019 18:34 by Eidal (former Etalia) Louwatt

Hey thank you for your comment! As I mentioned in another comment I definitely didn't explain the extinction part well enough, I will try and fix that as soon as possible. My original thought was that it's kind of as with horses in our world, there are very few that are truly wild anymore, all camels are seen as to be someone's property even if they aren't with people in this moment.

Jul 2, 2019 15:27 by Rinaldo Bijker

This was an interesting read, I do suggest that the text could have been broken up with a quote or something of the like.   I gotta ask, would there be a difference between the wild and domesticated camels? Apparently that's the case with real camels.

Jul 2, 2019 18:35 by Eidal (former Etalia) Louwatt

Thanks for you comment! I actually hadn't thought about it too much when I got to that section in the template but at that moment I was too tired to think about it too much. I will definitely ponder on that some more!

Jul 3, 2019 14:02 by Elias Redclaw

Wow! Such a short and nice little article detailing one of the species of your world! I really loved the fact as to how this short little article packed a huge punch and really managed to interest me! I really love this!   First of all, i would love to praise the simplicity of this article and yet how it was so interesting! The opening vignette really opens like a story and at the very end of the line, we are introduced to the long tailed camel. What follows though is a beautiful yet simple article about the long tailed camel. You manage to make such an intriguing article and yet make it so simple to read! Thats definitely my favourite part about this article!   Secondly, i have to compliment the content of this article! You managed to really do a great job at managing to get the main points and features of this species across!   Last but not least, the parchment like CSS is really amazing and gives a new feeling to this article! Congrats etalia and keep up the amazing work!

Jul 3, 2019 14:51 by Eidal (former Etalia) Louwatt

Oh thank you Elias for you thorough comment! <3