Do alpacas spit?
If you have ever been curious to know whether or not alpacas spit, then wonder no longer!
Alpacas do spit.
They will often spit at each other as a way of communicating and showing dominance.
Sometimes they may even try to spray you with their saliva if they don’t like how well-groomed you are.
Why Alpacas Spit
Alpacas spit to signal displeasure or aggression, but they’re really just doing what comes naturally.
They have two stomachs and chew their cud as cows do.
This means that the majority of their digestion happens in a region near their anus called the ceca.
In order to successfully re-digest food, the ceca produces a specialized type of feces called pellets.
These pellets are encased in a mucus membrane.
If they’re lucky enough to find something tasty to eat, alpacas will re-ingest the pellets.
The contents of the membrane aren’t especially appetizing, but this is one way alpacas get nutrients back into their system.
However, if they find something that doesn’t taste good or that they don’t want to eat, then they spit out their pellets–which can be dangerous if it happens to hit you in the face!
Different Types of Salivas
Different kinds of alpacas will produce different types of saliva.
Their spit may be goopy and sticky like cow’s milk or more watery like saliva.
It can smell bad due to the bacteria in their ceca, which is why it’s important to keep their pen clean.
Some alpacas also spit at strangers, which is scary for some people who are visiting the farm for the first time.
Like other animals like chimpanzees and gorillas, alpacas communicate with each other using saliva as a primary method of communication.
If you’re planning on taking your children to an alpaca farm, you might want to warn them ahead of time about the spitting.
Alpacas are more gentle creatures than they appear, but you don’t want to get caught off guard by a surprise spit!
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