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Black Walnut

Even though a late spring frost may have reduced this year’s crop of Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra), and even though the few that made it haven’t started falling on the ground yet, squirrels have already located and started consuming this nut’s fatty meat.  Inside the green husk is the actual nut, and if you look closely at the edges of the chewed hole as well as the inner surface of the nut, you will see tiny incisor marks, most likely left by red squirrels.  This particular rodent typically chews a hole on both sides of the nut, so that it can gain access to both halves of the meat.

4 responses

  1. Nice photo! I love listening to squirrels as they file away on the hard shells. They sure have strong teeth!

    August 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  2. SD

    Black walnut…. appearance (overall?), max ht., area covered out to extent of leaves. Just some general stuff along with the nuts.

    August 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    • As you may have noticed from my other posts, I tend to address only one aspect of a subject per post. This keeps them short enough to read and remember (and allows me to get several posts out of one species). 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

  3. Any suggestions for cracking these nuts successfully — assuming that the squirrels leave any?

    August 29, 2012 at 2:11 am

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