Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Camelidae
 Scientific Name : Lama Glama

                     Size : 1.7 - 1.8m (5.5 - 6ft)
                Weight : 130 - 204kg 
                                 (280 - 450lbs)
          Top Speed : 45km/h (28mph)
           Life Span : 15 - 20 years

                Colour : Tan, Brown, White, Black
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Thick furry coat
                                 and long neck
  1. The Llamas are camel-like animals found in the South American Andes Mountains.
  2. They differ from the camels in not having a hump.
  3. Distinctively, they have a thick, furry coat and a long neck.
  4. They are believed to have originated around 40 million years ago in North America.
  5. And then they seem to have migrated, around 3 million years ago, to South America and Asia.
  6. They probably became extinct in North America during the Ice Age.
  7. They were domesticated by ancient Inca people for their wool, meat, skin and also to transport heavy load.
  8. Llamas are sociable animals and are often found in herds.
  9. They inhabit the mountainous deserts and grasslands and prefer to live close to water.
  10. They are also quite intelligent and known to learn the tasks taught to them very quickly.
  11. They are herbivores, feeding on grass, young shoots and leaves.
  12. Since they lack the water retaining properties of the camel, they need to drink water more often.
  13. Their natural predators are Pumas, coyotes and humans.
  14. On an average, they live to be around 15-20 years in the wild.
  15. The female llama gives birth to a single young (called crias) after a year-long gestation.
  16. The crias are born while their mother is standing and are able to stand and walk within an hour of being born.
  17. Interestingly, it is believed that the fertility of the cria increases if it is born in the warm weather during mornings.

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