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Squirrels Teeth


The Red Squirrels teeth are very,

very powerful tools!

They have a total of 20 teeth.

Besides the 4 grinding teeth,

they also have 8 smaller teeth

in the back of their mouth.

The 4 grinding teeth

have separate muscles

attacked to them,

meaning that they can open and

close them together independently.

Or, spread them and unify them.

This is practical when they eat

soft items such as greens,

flowers, moss, lichen and such.

They can basically use both upper

and lower grinding teeth, as scissors.

However,

when it comes to hard objects,

such as a nut shell, they unify them,

so they look to be 2 solid teeth.

This makes their teeth

10x stronger as they lock together

like pieces in a puzzle.

In fact, combined

with their powerful jaw muscles,

they can produce enough force

to crush human finger bones

like toothpicks, pun intended.

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