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Llama
Lama glama

Class  

Mammals

Llama

Range  

They are found in the Andes Mountains in South America. Llamas are almost completely domesticated now. Very few can be found in the wild. They have been imported into the United States and Canada for breeding and are now commonly found on farms all over North America.

Habitat  

They live on the highland plateaus that are covered with grasses, brush and small trees.

Body Traits  

They are the largest of the camels that live in the Western Hemisphere, including alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos. They weigh from 250-350 pounds with long necks, long legs and a long shaggy coat. They have no upper front teeth (incisors) and their hooves are made up of two toes with a leathery bottom.

Habits  

They live in groups and can be very possessive about their living space (territorial).

Diet  

They eat shrubs, plants, leaves and grasses which makes them browsers instead of grass grazers.

Predators  

Their predators are coyotes, dogs, mountain lions and man.

Reproduction  

Males gather 6 or more females together (harem) and protect the area where they live from other males and predators. The females are pregnant for about 11 months (gestation) and have one baby a year.

Lifespan and/or Conservation Status  

They can live 15-20 years in the wild. They are not a threatened species.


Llama

Llama

Classification  

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Camelidae
Genus: Lama
Species: Lama glama

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