This is what I’ve picked up along the way:
An alpaca is way cuter, actually
A llama has banana shaped ears and an alpaca doesn’t
An alpaca is bred for its high quality fleece
A llama is used as a beast of burden – it carries things
An alpaca hums when it wants to communicate – and that can mean anything
A llama is heavier and taller than an alpaca
Baby llamas and alpaca are called cria – love that word
Llamas and alpaca are both camelids
They can both spit. Alpacas tend not to spit at humans; they prefer to spit at each other and mine spit sometimes when they want another one to get away from the hay!
They both eat grass and hay and have 3 chambers in their stomachs.
A big “Thanks” to Kit and Sheryl at Silverstream Alpacas where we bought our alpaca boys. We are so glad we met them!