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What's the difference between llamas and alpacas

I'm often asked, "What's the difference between llamas and alpacas?" At first glance, llamas may look similar to their camelid cousin the alpaca, but there are a number of differences between these two South American animals.

Their ears: Llamas have much longer, banana-shaped ears Alpaca ears have short spear-shaped earsTheir size: Alpacas generally weigh in at around 150 pounds while llamas can
get as heavy as 400 pounds. At the shoulder, an average alpaca stands
between 34 and 36 inches, while a llama generally ranges between 42 and
46 inches.Their faces: Llamas have a longer face; an alpaca’s face is a bit more blunt, giving them a “smooshed in” look. Their purpose: For more than 5,000 years alpacas have been bred for fiber (and
in Peru for meat as well), while llamas have been bred for the same
amount of time as pack animals and meat. Their hair: The alpaca produces a much finer fiber than the llama. The alpaca
also produces more fleece than its larger cousi…