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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Camelidae
Genus:Lama
Genus species:Lama glama

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.2-2.25 m
Height:1.1-1.2 m
Weight:130-155 kg
Identification:The llama has a dense wool coat of variable color and markings.
Habitat:Alpine grasslands and shrublands at 2,300 to 4000 m elevation
Diet:Herbivore: wide variety of grasses and leaves
Reproduction:Breeding season for the llama occurs in August and September. One offspring is born after a gestation period of 348-368 days. By eight months, the young are weaned. Females, which are induced ovulators, give birth every other year.
There is relatively little information on the social organization of llamas. Evidence suggests they are territorial, with males setting up harems.
Behavior:Llamas are well known for their spitting behavior. This is used to establish dominance or in response to being provoked.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Llamas are often used by people as pack animals. They can carry up to 60 kg for 30 km in a day. People also raise llamas as a source of wool and for pets.

Other Information

Geographic:Western South America
Southern South America
Date:1973-06 Subjects:Llama
even-toed ungulate
Llamas
Lama (Genus)
Camelidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates