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Dem Bones

I was out playing with the kids when something white caught my eye…

squirrel skull

That there, folks, is a skull.  EWWWWW!  Of course, I was intrigued.  I mean, how often do you find a skull in your own front yard?  So, I grabbed a twig to see if I could turn it to get a better look.

squirrel skull

The tongue fell out when I twigged the squirrel skull over, and I vomited a little in my mouth!  I mean, gag me with a fork!  I thought I was going to lose my breakfast!

It reminded me of a story about my brother and a squirrel hunting trip he went on when we were kids.  Retch.

Yes, I said squirrel hunting.  Did you know that squirrel hunting season in Illinois starts on August 1st yearly?  Or, at least, it used to.  My Dad and my brothers used to go squirrel hunting every year.  They’d come home with a backpack full of the bushy tailed things, and we’d have to skin them in the driveway.  And yes, we ate them.  After Mom fried them.  Tastes like chicken.  Of course, a lot of things taste like chicken, if you cook ‘em right.

Anyway, I looked around a little more, and found the rest of the poor varmint who met his demise on my lawn.

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I realized, albeit belatedly, that there was likely a great life science lesson in dem bones.  But, I just couldn’t bring myself to show them to the kids, and besides, they are only three and four.  It could have scarred them for life.  Life science can happen next year.


Or at least until the rest of the fur falls off the paw.


I would prefer that the squirrels in my yard look like the one on the cover of Squirrels (Backyard Animals)…


Wouldn’t you?

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Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. April Decheine says:

    EEK, I have never found anything like that, squirrel hunting, never heard of that and I am up in MN, very close to Illinois 🙂

  2. darlene bohannon says:

    i like the squirrel post. my dad hunted squirrel and we ate them too .i helped him skin the squirrels too and can still skin a squirrel. bring back lots of memories ,,thank you

  3. Oh my .. I think I would have lost my breakfast too!!

  4. My kids would love finding that in our yard. Too funny on gag me with a spoon – had a flashback there!

  5. The tongue fell out? Oh my! I’d have been so grossed out, too.

  6. I would have jumped a mile if I saw them in my yard.

  7. Well that is interesting lol

  8. Sharon Koenig says:

    Lol.. Kinda interesting, I always thought biology was pretty cool, though. So not all that gross to me, just like another class! 🙂

  9. Being from the south, my brother hunted squirrel since he was old enough to have a bb gun. And as far as skulls go – when I was younger I wanted to paint a bull skull with the horns, etc. So I actually hunted a local pasture and found a decomposing bull….and, you guessed it… took the skull. I’ll save you the details of using my boot to …eh…. separate it. ha 🙂

  10. I would have freaked out, and my boys would have lunged to pick them up. LOL!!

  11. That skull looks like it should be in a Georgia Okeefe painting.. . Even if it is a squirrel.

  12. My daughter would have been the one out there picking it up LOL. She is my little adventurer

  13. Squirrels are so sweet! How could they be hunted? They are the cutest animals on our planet. In the Hide Park, they can be feed from the hand, they are really friendly.

  14. Oh gosh! I’d totally throw up in my mouth a little too! I much prefer them with their fur on and bouncing around from tree to tree!

  15. how gross!!!!!!!!!!!! The skill looks a bit big to be a squirrel though… at least in pictures it looks big.

  16. Ewwwwwwww! I would probably pass out! Although my kids would think it was the COOLEST THING EVER!

  17. Oh gosh that is just Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww I would of had to get hubby to get rid of that

  18. Uh, yuck! I’m not a big fan of bones…I’d have freaked out 🙂

  19. My dad and uncles used to squirrel hunt. I’ve never eaten squirrel, but my mom has cooked it many times, and yes, they would tell me it tasted like chicken. I decided to just take their words for it. 🙂

  20. Living in the country you see some weird and strange things, that’s for sure.

  21. I might have been interested if the tongue wasn’t involved! YUCK!

  22. Any skull in our yard would be pretty darn awesome but I WILL pass on eating squirrel part though.

  23. It’s kinda gross and cool….a great learning experience!

  24. I wouldn’t want to show them to my kids, either.

  25. Eww! I usually love science type things, but tongues falling out is a bit much for me!