The Paw of a Llama

A Quenzy Labastida Article

The Majestic Animal

Llamas are not just any kind of animal. They are furry. They have long necks. Llamas are not endangered animals. In fact, their conservation status is at the least concern! From, they said that llamas are, "A woolly-haired South American ruminant of the genus Lama, believed to be a domesticated variety of the Guanaco." When in a herd, llamas become very sociable and they enjoy being with other llamas. Their scientific name is Lama Glama.

Llama History

Llamas are the South American Relative of a Camel. The Guanaco is the Llama's Ancestor. North America 40 million years ago is thought to be where they originated. The word Llama is of Quechuan Origin, and was borrowed from many languages. Soon llamas became a part of the Inca culture. For example, Llamas provided them with food, transportation, and their manure was used for fertilizer to cook and make ceramics.

Fast Facts From A-Z Animals

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Camelidae

Genus: Lama

Scientific Name:Lama Glama



Size:1.7-1.8m (5.5-6ft)

Weight:130-204kg (280-450lbs)

Top Speed:45km/h (28mph)

Life Span:15-20 years


Conservation Status:Least Concern

Colour:Tan, Brown, White, Black

Favourite Food:Leaves

Habitat:Mountainous deserts and grasslands

Average Litter Size:1

Main Prey:Leaves, Grass, Shoots

Predators:Human, Puma, Coyote

Special Features:Thick furry coat and long neck

The Difference between a Llama and an Alpaca

Llamas and Alpacas are closely related animals, but they do have their differences.

"Alpacas and llamas tend to 'bridge the gap' between pets and livestock," says Dr. Chris Cebra, a camelid expert. So while llamas have long, banana shaped ears, alpacas have shorter, spear-shaped ears. Their sizes have a big difference to each other. Llamas can weigh more than 400 lbs, Alpacas can only weight up 150-180 lbs. That means the Alpaca is about half the size of a llama! Also, while Alpacas have a more smaller, "smooshed in" face, llamas have longer faces. So for example, if a Llama and Alpaca stood next to each other, their differences would show.

What makes Llamas so Special

Llamas have been around for about 40 Million years. Their fur is very fluffy. That's kind of why a lot of people are familiar with them. They are very easy to take care of (assuming that they don't require a lot of space) and most Llamas are very nice . These furry creatures will make the perfect pet for people that love these animals and have enough space to take care of them. Their long neck desires admiration! Llamas usually like neck-hugs. If they're tamed, of course! Llamas' favorite food is leaves.


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