Llamas browse on low shrubs, lichens, and mountain vegetation. Llamas make use of native shrubs and grasses including Parastrephia sp., Baccharis sp. (shrubs) as well as Munroa sp., Eragrostis sp., and Triseobromus sp. (grasses). Llamas tend to live in very dry climates and get most of the moisture from their food. Camelids consume about 2 to 3 gallons of water, and 1.8% of their body weight in dry food (grass, hay) per day. Llamas have three stomachs and are ruminants. When kept as domestic animals llamas adapt well to the same diet as sheep and goats.
Plant Foods: leaves; roots and tubers; seeds, grains, and nuts; sap or other plant fluids; bryophytes; lichens
Primary Diet: herbivore (Folivore )
- Anderson, D. 2002. "Environmental Impact Statement" (On-line). The Llama Crossing. Accessed February 07, 2004 at http://www.llamacrossing.com/DrAnderson.shtml.