Llamas weigh an average of 280 to 450 pounds – with the largest llamas weighing about the same as gorillas, lions, and tigers.
Now that you know how much fully grown llamas weigh, let’s find out how much baby llamas weigh, how much weight can llamas carry, and more.
How Much Does a Baby Llama Weigh?
A baby llama is called a cria and weighs 20-30 pounds at birth. For the first couple of weeks of a cria’s life, its body weight increases by 0.5 pounds to 1 pound per day, which is down to the colostrum and milk the baby consumes.
Within the first 6 hours of birth, crias should receive 5 % of their body weight in colostrum and 10% within the first 12 hours to 24 hours. After this, a baby llama is only fed its mother’s milk.
How Much Do Male and Female Llamas Weigh?
Llamas weigh an average of 280 to 450 pounds. While there are no obvious differences between male and female llamas, males tend to be slightly larger.
Adult llamas eat 2-4% of their body weight a day, which can be anywhere between 5 to 18 pounds a day.
How Much Weight Can a Llama Carry?
A llama can carry between 20 to 30 percent of its body weight for up to 10 miles at a time. This means that if we consider that the average fully grown llama weighs anywhere between 280-450 lbs, it can carry approximately 55 to 135 pounds. This makes llamas excellent pack animals that can carry heavy loads in rough, challenging terrain like the Andes mountains.
Interestingly, if you place too much weight on a llama, it will be likely either lie down or stubbornly refuse to move at all. A llama definitely knows its limits, which is also useful for the person using a llama as a pack animal too.
At What Age Are Llamas Fully Grown?
Crias (or baby llamas) are considered to be fully grown by four years old.