Shucking Complete!

August 20, 2014

If you’ve never watched a squirrel shuck a walnut, you’ve missed out! It only takes about 10 seconds for one of these chisel-toothed angels (devils?) to completely shred the husk off the walnut before finding a place to hide it for winter. I just finished an article for “Missouri Conservationist” on fox squirrels, and how they like to shuck walnuts, so I thought I’d share this image on Nature Frames of a gray squirrel doing the same thing (500 mm; 1/125; f/8; ISO 400; Av).

I captured this image from my turkey hunting blind, which I set up near a favorite “shucking perch.” It wasn’t long before I was getting some great shots of both foxes and grays. I shared one of the fox squirrel images in a previous Nature Frames, which you can see by looking in the archives under “mammals.” I hope you like this little gray, as well.

Thanks for looking,

Danny Brown

Email me at:  NatureFrames@Rocketmail.Com

6 comments on “Shucking Complete!”

  1. I’ve often watched this behaviour..but never will I get an image like this 😀

  2. Why do the squirrels shuck the husk off before hiding? I never realized they did this.

    • My guess is that they are much easier to carry and bury. In the end, all they want is the kernel inside. Could be wrong though. 🙂

  3. The detalis are amazing!


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