Fun Facts about Llamas
- Llamas know their own limits. If you try to overload a llama with too much weight, the llama is likely to lie down or simply refuse to move.
- In the Andes Mountains of Peru, llama fleece has been shorn and used in textiles for about 6,000 years. Llama wool is light, warm and water-repellent.
- Llamas are hardy and well suited to harsh environments.
- Llamas are smart and easy to train.
- Llamas don't bite. They spit when they're agitated, but that's mostly at each other.
- Llamas are vegetarians and have efficient digestive systems.
- Here's a weird fact for you: A llama's stomach has three compartments. They are called the rumen, omasum, and abomasum. A cow's stomach has four compartments.
- Here's a fun, believe it or not, fact: Llama poop has almost no odor. Llama farmers refer to llama manure as "llama beans." It makes great, eco-friendly fertilizer. The Incas in Peru burned dried llama poop for fuel.
- Llamas live to be about 20 years old.
- A baby llama is called a "cria." It's pronounced KREE-uh. Mama llamas usually only have one baby at a time. Llama twins are incredibly rare. Pregnancy lasts for about 350 days, nearly a full year. Crias weigh 20 to 35 pounds at birth.
- Llamas come in a range of solid and spotted colors including black, gray, beige, brown, red and white.
- Llamas are social animals and prefer to live with other llamas or herd animals.
- A group of llamas is called a herd.
- Llamas have two wild "cousins" that have never been domesticated: the vicuña and the guanaco.
- The current population of llamas and alpacas in South America is estimated to be more than 7 million, and there are about 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the U.S. and Canada today.
- Yarn made from llama fiber is soft and lightweight, yet remarkably warm.
- Trying to tell the difference between a llama and an alpaca? Two obvious things to look for: Llamas are generally about twice the size of alpacas, and alpacas have short, pointy ears, whereas llamas have much longer ears that stand straight up and give them an alert look( we call them banana ears).
Llama Scans and Roving
Bag made out of llama fiber
Blankets made with Llama Fiber
Area rugs made out of Llama fiber
Felted Llama wool makes great articles of clothing and art work
Beautiful Scarves made from Llama wool
Sweaters and other appeal items