Tuesday, May 3

Facts about llamas

Llama Facts

Are you ready to learn some cool, fun facts about llamas? Llamas are cute, large, furry mammals with long necks and legs. Did you know that adult Llamas can weigh between 260 pounds - 430 pounds, a little more or less depending on the types of llamas? An adult llama can get pretty tall; depending on the kind of llama, they can get up to 5.9 feet in height.


What is your favorite type of mammal?


Facts about llamas:

1. Did you know that llamas and alpacas are in the camel family? There are 6 different types of llamas. Here is a list of the six types of llamas in alphabetical order:

  •       Alpacas  
  •       Classic llama (lama glama)
  •       Medium llama
  •       Suri llama
  •       Vicuna llama
  •       Wooly llama

2. Llama’s fur/hair/wool can be solid or spotted and come in many colors, including black, white, brown, gray, tan, reddish brown, or beige.

3. Llamas are social animals that live in groups of up to 20 or more llamas. A group of llamas is called a herd of llamas. Female llamas are referred to as dams or just females. Male llamas are referred to as studs or geldings. A baby llama is called a cria. A juvenile llama is called a tuis.

4. Llamas in captivity can live up to 26 years or more. Llamas in the wild can live anywhere from 15 to 25 years, sometimes more or sometimes less.

5. Llamas are herbivores. Herbivores mean they do not eat meat. Llamas eat grasses, hay, flowers, fruits, plants, shrubs, small trees, and other vegetation. They drink water.

6. Did you know that llama’s poop doesn’t smell bad? Yep, that is right! It does not smell bad, making it the perfect fertilizer because it is nearly odorless. Some people refer to llama’s poop as llama beans because their droppings/poop is similar to beans.

7. Vicuna is one of the smallest types of llamas. The Vicuna can weigh up to about 140 pounds.

8. A llama can spit up to 10 feet or more away. So, if you ever visit a llama at the zoo, be careful.



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Books about llamas:

1. National Geographic Readers: Llamas by Maya Myers

2. Llamas by Valerie Bodden

3. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deorah Guarino

4. Llamas and the Andes: by Mary Pope Osborne

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


Short story alert:

Once upon a time, there was a little llama named Princess. Princess loved to graze in the fields. She loved warm sunny days when the wind would blow through her fur. But what she loved the most, though, was spitting. She loved to see how far she could spit. So she spat a lot when she was out in the fields. Princess would say to herself, practice makes perfect. So, she spent way too much time practicing spitting like she was in a contest. She could spit farther than any other llama that lived in the fields with her. Her mother would tell her that it was not polite to spit so much, but that didn't stop Princess. One time, she spat so far away that she had to count it by walking to the final resting place of the spit. She started walking towards the spit, counting as she took each step; one, two, three, four, until she counted to sixteen. Princess was so happy she started running in circles. Princess has never spat that far before. She has counted up to fourteen, never sixteen, until now. She was known on the farm by her owners and the other lamas as Princess, the spitting llama. THE END! by Mimi Jones

Llamas are known to spit, so be careful when you visit them at the zoo or on farms. Humans, please never spit on anyone or at anyone; it is not polite. 


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Mimi is the author of the JOEY SAVES THE DAY! book series and other titles. She loves learning, reading, drawing, and writing. She is a homeschooled mother of two children and has two adult children who have already left the nest. 


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