Llama

The llama (Lama glama) is a South American camelid (part of the camel family). Camels have a hump or humps, but the llama does not have any humps. Llamas are related to the alpaca, the guanaco, and the vicuna.

The llama is an ungulate because it has hoofed feet.

The llama has soft wool that can be many colours, such as white, brown, black, and mottled. Their undercoat is fine and used to make garments and rugs.

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Llamas ears are ‘banana-shaped’ and their tails are short.

The llama can grow to 1.8 metres (5.9 feet) tall at the top of the head.

They live together in a herd, and are very social animals that look after each other. They are very intelligent.

A female llama is called a dam. A baby llamas is called a cria. A female is pregnant for 11.5 months (350), and crias can stand and walk soon after birth.

Llamas typically live for 15-25 years.

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young llama

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the llama’s woolly coat

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

 

 

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