Alpaca

Alpaca Vicugna pacos

Alpacas are part of the camelid family that includes llamas, guanacos, and vicuñas of South America; their closest living relative in the wild is the vicuña because of similar size and dentition.

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ORIGIN:
South America - the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.

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HABITAT:
Alpacas are found in higher-altitude grasslands in the Andean high plateau preferably near wet areas.

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
121 - 143 lbs
Height: 47 - 88 inches

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DIET:
Alpacas are herbivores and eat a variety of grasses, leaves, wood, bark or stems.

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PREDATORS:
Predators are domestic dogs, Andean foxes, Andean condors, pumas, colocolos, Andean mountain cats, coyotes and wolves.

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Alpacas will defend themselves with their hooves and by spitting their stomach contents into the face of a predator.

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REPRODUCTION:
After a gestation of 11 – 11.5 months a single offspring is born called a cria.

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THREATS:
There is no recognized threat to alpacas.

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
The longevity of an Alpaca is 20 years in captivity and 5 to 10 years in the wild.

Do Alpacas spit?
No, Alpacas are a clean and industrious animal and would never be so gross.
Yes, Alpacas engage in spitting when they are in distress, fearful, or to show dominance.
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