Llama Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

You might have seen a llama standing in a pasture munching on grass, but you might not know that some people depend on llamas to help them do their work. This lesson will teach you about llamas and how they live.

The Helpful and Stubborn Llama

What animal has a long neck, like a giraffe, stands as tall as a camel, wears a wool coat and has a stubborn attitude? If you guessed a llama, you're correct.

Llamas help people in many ways. Their wool coats can be clipped and used to make fabric. Llamas are also used as pack animals because they can carry a couple of hundred pounds on their back through rough terrains, like mountains. But, llamas are stubborn! If a llama thinks you put too much weight on its back, it will refuse to move, and might even kick, stomp or spit until you lighten the load!

A typical llama
llama

What Do They Look Like?

Llamas are related to camels. In fact, you might think they look like furry camels without humps. Adult llamas can weigh between 250 and 450 pounds. They stand about four feet tall at the shoulder, and about six feet tall if you measure them from the tops of their heads.

Their body is covered with wool that comes in different colors and different designs. A llama's coat could be solid or spotted and can range in color from white to brown to black.

A llama's long ears stick up in the air, and their long faces might remind you of a horse's long face. But, a llama is different than a horse because a llama doesn't have hooves; instead, it has leathery pads on the bottoms of its feet and two big toenails.

Where Do They Live?

Llamas can be found living all around the world, but they originally came from the mountain areas of South America. There are some wild llamas, but most have been domesticated, which means they have been tamed by people.

A Domesticated Llama
llama and girl

What Do They Eat?

If you were to take a llama to your favorite restaurant, it would order a salad, not a cheeseburger. Do you know why? Because llamas are herbivores, which means they only eat plants, not meat.

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