|Ears forward, means a happy llama|
|Tere out for a walk.|
|School children visiting with Tere|
|Tere became agitated while having his legs sheared. Nose|
pointed upward and ears back is a sign of spitting.
On our farm, we have two llamas that live with our sheep. Between the two llamas, we see this pecking order. The female llama, Alaska, towers over the male, Tere, in stature as well as dominance. She sets the male in order, threatening to spit if he approaches her pile of hay. She also establishes her dominance over the sheep by spitting in their faces if they try to eat from her store of food. You can tell when she becomes agitated with Tere, as her ears lay back against her head and she points her nose directly in the air. Her next move, will be a spray strategically aimed in his face.
|Tere, on guard at the fence line.|
So to answer the question, "do llamas spit?" quite simply, yes, they do. However, llamas typically do not spit at people, but rather, at other llamas. The key to success in visiting with a llama, remains in how much you respect the llama and allow him/her to get to know you on their terms.