There are so many different parts of the squirrel that help make it one of nature’s cutest creatures. Those big, dark eyes. That fuzzy, bushy tail. Their neatly coated and sometimes very fluffy fur. The way they hold their food up to their mouths with both hands and nibble away while making a huge mess. And those oh so silly and humorous antics they perform!
One part of the squirrel that can be a bit unsettling if you spend too much time staring at it, however, are their fingers and toes. Those things are long and creepy looking, and you definitely don’t want any part of those terrifying claws. Holy crap, look at that one protruding off the far digit of this squirrel’s back foot! Sure, they help keep the squirrel from falling fifty feet out of a tree, but they look like something from a horror show!
Ah, there we go! As we learned last week, there’s nothing more adorable than a squirrel looking right at you! It’s almost enough to not make you notice those grotesque looking claws that are a necessary part of every Saturday Squirrel…
Have a great weekend everyone!
Never noticed until this image closeup that they have 4 fingers on the front and 5 on the back. Clever critters, aren’t they?
I guess they do theiir math in a base of 9 and not 10.
Squirrels count on their nuts, not fingers…
I’d never noticed that before either, and I’ve taken a LOT of squirrel pics!
Those fingers/toes are the appendages of the devil for sure. 🐿
The devil never looked so cute…
I’ve always liked their creepy feet.
I’m one of those people who’s creeped out by human feet, so squirrel feet really look uncanny to me…
You’re right – those razor-sharp nails keep them attached to those trees they fly up and down all day but I think they do probably have to visit the squirrel-salon once in a while for a trim.
May as well get them painted as well… especially if they knew they’d be starring on my blog.
Awwwwwww but they’re sooooooooo cute. Squirrels need those claws to climb, and hunt, and grab, and fight off predators. As for beautification on an already beautiful animal… Nobody wants chipped polish. No matter how many layers of top coat you put on tree climbing takes a toll on a maincure. Seriously, I speak from experience. Squirrels girls will agree.
I will defer to the expert there, as a long time nail chewer who’d be doomed if I were a squirrel…
I also never noticed that they have more toes on the back than the front! I love that shot where he’s looking right at you. So cute! Their toes are kind of creepy looking. Luckily, at least some squirrels know to not dig their claws into humans. I got jumped on a few times back in the days when we had really friendly squirrels and, amazingly, I didn’t get scratched at all. I still let out a little scream each time though! 🙂
I got this on the same trip as the photo last week where he turned to look at me… that was definitely a theme! But it’s also the first time I ever noticed the difference in fingers and toes… and I’m still puzzled by that.
That reminds me of my mum. She loved squirrels but was creeped out by their ‘little hands’. We loved to tease her about it. Our squirrels have shorter feet than yours – perhaps yours need grip for the snow…
Snow paw tires!!!!
We all have our drawbacks … 😉
Some of us with many more than squirrels!
He’s not looking at me so much as gauging the exact location of my jugular…
Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood! Blood!
I guess that’s why they can climb up walls. I was in a meeting one day and it got completely sidetracked by all of us watching a squirrel scale the side of the Marriot hotel—we couldn’t look away!
Spidersquirrel can bring an end to all productivity with his remarkable feats of acrobatics!