- Llamas are social animals and, if properly socialized from a young age, they can make very calm, gentle companions.
- These mammals may take some time to warm up to you, but once you gain their trust they are happy to have you with them in their enclosure.
- These camelids are vegetarians and their stomachs have three compartments.
Welcome to the Llama Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the most versatile mammals! Llamas are known for their intelligence, low-key nature, and friendly and outgoing disposition, which is why they often make excellent family companions if you have the room and your area permits it.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Llamas if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you simply want to learn more about these fluffy pack animals!
Evolutionary History Of The Llama
The modern-day llama belongs to the Camelidae family whose origins began in North America over 82 million years ago. Originally coming from three ancestry lines of the Camelops, Camelus, and Lama, these Camelids then migrated to South America around 3 million years ago where they adapted to the environment, and their long-limbed ancestors were replaced with the shorter-limbed species, making it easier for them to climb the mountainous terrain of the Andes. By the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago, they had become extinct in North America.
Llamas have evolved to thrive at the elevation of the Andes and they are now one of the easiest pack animals to train. Domesticated by the Incas around 5000 years ago, llamas were originally used for their wool but are also used as pack animals as well as a source of meat.
Interesting Facts About Llamas
Llamas are known for being social, pack animals and are not only very intelligent but are easy to train. They are considered peaceful, quiet animals and they don’t usually spit on people, as is the common belief. Here are some other interesting facts about these friendly animals:
- When they are happy, they will bounce around on all four feet
- They can carry 25-30% of their body weight
- Llamas are social animals and prefer to live with other llamas or herd animals.
- Yarn made from llama fiber is soft and lightweight, yet remarkably warm.
- The soft, undercoat is used for garments and handicrafts while the coarse, outer coat is frequently used for rugs and ropes.
- Llama poop has almost no odor and makes great, eco-friendly fertilizer.