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Llamas

Order:

Artiodactyla

Family:

Camelidae

Group:

Lama

Male:

Sire

Female:

Dam

Young:

Cria

Lifespan:

15 to 20 Years

Gestation:

350 days

Distribution:

South America

Habitat:

Deserts, mountainous areas, and grasslands

Diet:

Herbivore - alfalfa, grass, salt lick and vegetation

Conservation Status:

Least Concern
Did you know?

The current population of Llamas Llama glama and Alpacas Vicugna pacos in South America is estimated to be about 7 million. Llamas protect themselves by spitting bad smelling saliva into their enemies face. Often used to establish a pecking order at meal times. They don’t have hooves, their feet comprise of soft leathery pads with two toenails which make them sure-footed and cause less damage to the ground than a hikers boot.

Llamas are used as golf caddies, for carrying camping equipment and as guards for sheep. Weighing 280 to 450 pounds and can carry about a quarter of their body weight. So a 400 pound male llama can carry about 100 pounds on a trek of 10 to 12 miles with no problem.

 The llama is becoming increasingly popular in Western Europe and America as a pet and for their superior quality wool.

 

Did you know?Llama hair is used for professional doll making because of how soft it is.