6 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALPACAS AND LLAMAS
An alpaca is not a llama and a llama is not an alpaca. (More #alpacaweek fun at modernfarmer.com/tag/alpaca-week)
- •Their ears. Alpaca ears are smaller and more spear-shaped.
- •Their size. Alpacas are a lean 150 pounds on average. Llamas can weigh in at as much as 400 pounds.
- •Their faces. Llamas have a longer face. Alpacas' are more smooshed in.
- •Their purpose. Alpacas are bred for fiber, while llamas are more for meat.
- •Their hair. The alpaca has a much finer fiber than a llama, and also produces far more fleece.
- •Their dispositions. Alpacas are herd animals and very skittish. Llamas are more independent and can be stubborn.