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- Full grown alpacas will weigh approx.
120 to 180 lbs.
- They produce about 5 to 10 lbs.
of fleece (wool) per year
- There are 2 types of alpacas, suri
and huacaya. The more common huacaya has fluffy fiber with crimp similar to
Merino wool. The less common suri alpaca has straight silky fiber that resembles
- Alpacas come in 22 natural colors.
- Alpacas are herd animals and do
not live well by themselves.
- They communicate mainly through
body posturing and a gentle humming sound.
- Alpacas are from the Camelid family
and fairly rare in the US.
- The gestation period is approx.
11 months and twins are extremely rare.
- Alpacas and llamas use a communal
dung site so clean up is easier.
- Camelids are stimulated ovulators
so they can be bred at any time of the year.
- They have a split toe foot and
soft padded feet.
- Alpacas are grazers and they chew
their cud. They have a split upper lip which prevents them from damaging the
- They live approx. 15 to 20 years.
- They are a modified ruminant with
a three compartment stomach.