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What are Tauntauns?

Luke and Han ride the grand Llama-like Tauntauns in the snow on Hoth.

Easily domesticated reptilian creatures insulated with gray-white fur, Tauntauns are sometimes called “snow lizards.” Wild tauntauns roam the frozen wastes of the ice planet Hoth, where they graze on lichen. Although initially ornery, the spitting tauntaun can be tamed and ridden. The animals are used as mounts and pack animals by members of the Rebel Alliance when they venture out from Echo Base on Hoth.

While their thick fur protects tauntauns from extreme temperatures, they can’t survive Hoth’s brutal nights and must seek shelter. During the day, several species of tauntaun herds can be seen running across the plains of ice and snow, with larger populations in the area of equatorial tundra.

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