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.
South America - the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.
Alpacas are found in higher-altitude grasslands in the Andean high plateau preferably near wet areas.
121 - 143 lbs
Height: 47 - 88 inches
Alpacas are herbivores and eat a variety of grasses, leaves, wood, bark or stems.
Predators are domestic dogs, Andean foxes, Andean condors, pumas, colocolos, Andean mountain cats, coyotes and wolves.
Alpacas will defend themselves with their hooves and by spitting their stomach contents into the face of a predator.
After a gestation of 11 – 11.5 months a single offspring is born called a cria.
There is no recognized threat to alpacas.
The longevity of an Alpaca is 20 years in captivity and 5 to 10 years in the wild.
Yes, Alpacas engage in spitting when they are in distress, fearful, or to show dominance.
No, Alpacas are a clean and industrious animal and would never be so gross.