Llama

Llama

Lama glama

 Quick Facts

Llama

Found:  Domesticated- they are not wild
Size:  4 to 7 feet
Weight:  100 to 300 pounds
Diet:  grass, vegetation
Life Span:  15 to 25 years
Status: Common

 
The llama is a South American relative of the camel.  They are domesticated animals used by the peoples of the Andes Mountains to carry heavy loads, typically 50 to 75 pounds.  Under such weight they can cover up to 20 miles in a single day.  They are willing pack animals but only to a point.  An overloaded llama will simply refuse to move. These animals often lie down on the ground and they may spit, hiss, or even kick at their owners until their load is lightened.  Llamas graze on grass, leaves, and shoots, and chew it as cud.  Cud is a mouthful of swallowed food that is regurgitated from the first stomach. They have 3 stomach compartments and their food must pass through all the stomachs during digestion.  Enemies of the llamas are mountain lions, snow leopards, and cougars.  Llamas are not found in the wild.

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