Llama FAQs

Do they spit?
Spitting is the llama’s way of saying “BACK OFF!” Normally used between llamas to divert annoying suitors, ward off a perceived threat, or most commonly, to establish pecking order at mealtime. An occasional llama who has been forced to tolerate excessive human handling, may have developed an intolerance for, or a fear of, humans and will spit if they feel threatened by them.

What are they used for?
Some of their uses include wool production; livestock guardians; breeding stock; pack animals; therapy; pets and driving animals.

How much, and what, do they eat?
Llamas are a modified ruminant, with a three-chambered stomach.  They chew their cud, like cattle, sheep and goats. Due to their efficient digestive systems, they have low protien requirements, and can be kept on a variety of pastures and hay. One llama eats four bales of hay or less per month, depending on the quality of the pasture.

What sounds do they make?
Llamas communicate with a series of ear, body and tail postures, various humming sounds and a shrill alarm call.

Are they intelligent?
Llamas are very intelligent, and easy to train. In just 1-5 repetitions, they will learn and retain many skills such as accepting a halter, being led, kush (lie-down), loading in and out of a vehicle, pulling a cart or carrying a pack.

What are their personalities like?
Llamas are highly social animals and need the companionship of their species. Independent yet shy, llamas are gentle and curious. Their calm nature and common sense make them easy for anyone, even children, to handle.