The llama Lama glama is a large camelid that originated in North America about 40 million years ago. Llamas migrated to South America and Asia about 3 million years ago. By the end of the last ice-age 10, — 12, years ago camelids were extinct in North America. As of , there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and due to importation from South America in the late 20th Century there are now over , llamas and 6, — 7, alpacas in the US and Canada.
Llama - Key Facts, Information & Pictures
The llama Lama glama is a large, furry mammal that was domesticated in South America thousands of years ago for meat, fur, and as pack animal. Although related to camels , llamas don't have humps. Llamas and other lamoids have cloven feet, short tails, and long necks. A llama has long banana-shaped ears and a cleft upper lip.
Chapter 7: Camels, llamas and alpacas Unit Camels, llamas and alpaca Unit Ageing camels by the teeth Unit Breeding camels Unit Milk and care of the young camel Unit Feeding and watering of camels Unit Surra of camels trypanosomiasis Unit Internal parasites of camels Unit Skin diseases of camels Unit Foot problems in camels. Camels live in Africa and Asia. Camels can live in dry lands where there is little feed and water available. Most are one-humped but in northern areas where there are cold, dry lands two-humped camels are found. Camels are used for meat, milk, fibre wool and hair , for transport and for other work and their dung is used for fires.
A full-grown llama can reach a height of 1. Llamas typically live for 15 to 25 years, with some individuals surviving 30 years or more. They are very social animals and live with other llamas as a herd. The wool produced by a llama is very soft and lanolin -free.