Welcome to my Metazoic site! This site discusses the existence of the creatures to come along after humans will be extinct. I first became interested in a world after man when I acquired my first copy of Dougal Dixon's After Man: A Zoology of the Future in 1992. However, I unwittingly created creatures that did not exist from the time I was about 8 years old. But it was after I obtained a copy of that book (now a collector's item) that I decided to take these same creatures I created as a child and make them more realistic in an evolutionary sense. Though it may be hard for a lot of us to grasp, humans will soon become extinct. One of the biggest factors of how this will happen is the current overpopulation rate. Which is why I don't contribute to the population. I created this world with little more than mammals fulfilling all ecological niches with the help of some friends. I even gave the era of the age after man a name, I called it the Metazoic, derived from the words for "After-era" (Meta, meaning after, and zoic meaning era). We are now in the Cenozoic era. To view all the animals I have created since I began this project, you can go to the "Meet the Mammals" section of this site. To discuss your own ideas about what you think will happen in the future world, and share your ideas with others, please feel free to leave a comment.
One more thing, some of you may find this site quite offensive, and you have a right to your own opinion. But please respect my right to have an opinion too. I'm not saying there is no GOD, I believe it was HIM who got the ball rolling. But I believe after that, evolution took over. There is so much more evidence of evolution than there is of creation. Even that going on right under our noses. Other than that, enjoy yourself and visit our many links.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Available Soon: Checklist!!
If I do charge for it it won't be much. Maybe $3 or $4. If I don't charge for it, well, then others can just download it for pleasure reasons. But already it contains detailed info about genera, species, even sub-genera where available. I even list the common names. I'm trying to think what else to add. I am working on a set of books with much more detail about these animals, including maps to locations where they would be found. But that comes later. And those I would have to charge for. But anyone who wants to see what I have done with these animals over the past years can get this checklist. There are no pictures, but the entire list of animals is there. I'm even making it a little more scientific, based on what I learned on that series "Evolution" which is now off the air!! Bummer!!!!! Anyway, the money made can go towards the site's upkeep. That is IF I do decide to charge for the list. I dunno though. Might pass along better as a freebie.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Mutt-Names: What's the Point?
I think exactly the same thing when I see someone calling their futuristic animal ideas some kind of mutt-name. It makes me think they are just too lazy to come up with a name of their own. I say, look at other languages. Especially the Greek and Latin languages. They are the best words in the World to draw your new names from. For example, just this past week, I changed the name of a whole family of animals. Their common names are now collectively "zofons" (pronounced ZUF-ohn), after the family name Zouphionidae. This family will later be presented on my site. They are the hyenas of the New World and evolved from mustelids. One dark and rainy day in 1995, Anna and I spent the day thinking up unusual and unique names for all the animals I thought up so far at that time. That was the day we thought up such names as "tamanoa", "rog", "jurrifar" and "sinecru". None of those names are combined names of any modern animals, they may sound like some modern animal names, but modern animals were the furthest things from our minds when we came up with those names. Some worked out perfectly, I just Latinized some of those names and turned them into the creature's genus names. Tamanoa for example, derived from Ictocamelus. Rogs are small, parasitic shrews. Jurrifars are otter-like creatures. Sinecrus are large, earless, hairless herbivores derived from elephant shrews, but went a different direction from the trelatebrates. On a funny note, I recently found out the word "Jafar" is African for "river". So, the name "jurrifar" was well-placed!
But the motto of my method of creation, DON'T get your names from combining modern animal names. Derive them from their latin or greek versions. I just don't like mutt-names. Makes the creator look lazy, or not creative enough to think of their own names. It may take longer to think of these names, but IMO the payoff is knowing you made a creature that is all new and ALL your own!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Future of Mating
Anyway, someone on the SE forum brought up something about the future of sexual organs and our body's built-in outlets (for urinating and dumping). I must say I have never really considered a thing like that. But one thing about my mammals of the Metazoic, you will notice that NONE of them have an external penis or scrotum like today's mammals do. That's because they don't exist in these animals. The females have the same structures as they do today. In the males, the testicles and penis have moved inside the body and cannot be found externally. Much like a lot of the young of today's mammals. This makes the animals more streamlined for running. Either running from predators or running after mates. That's why the mammals of tomorrow will be much faster than the mammals of today. I would think a huge scrotum on a male would make quite an obstacle when moving. Ever seen the nads of some domestic pigs and horses?? Whoosh!! How they can move with those at all makes me wonder. But the pigs and horses of my Metazoic World do not have these features externally. In the males of most mammals of the Metazoic, there are still 2 vents, but there is no external indication which are males and which are females.
The Trelatebrates however, are another story. They are the ultimate in evolution as far as this goes. The Trelatebrates are strictly a Metazoic order, one I myself made that includes the Therapeds, Deinognathids, gaboon-antelopes (soon to come), Immanids (soon to come), Cerots, Anacolls, "Double-grazers" (soon to come) and Shrubucks. Anyway, both the males and females have actually 3 ventral outlets. All female mammals have this feature, but the males in these families also have a small opening in the front-pelvic area for the penis to come out. The testes are situated far inside the pelvic cavity, much like the females' ovaries. They also have a small opening in the central pelvic area for urinating. And the anal opening at the underside base of the tail for, well, you know what! LOL! Anyway, that is why I call this order "trelatebrates", meaning "3 vents". If these mammals were around today, they would be impossible to sex without maybe DNA-sexing used today in birds. Or watching which one of them is humping the other during breeding season.
Anyway, the post was unique, and interesting. It was an interesting thought anyway. One I myself might never have brought up. Either I wouldn't have been clever enough to think of it or too embarrassed!! Some people take talking about animals' sexual organs and ventral openings as an indication of beastiality!! But as an evolutionist looking at it from that kind of a POV, I guess it just has to come up sometime!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
New Science Sucks!!!!
You know what I blame all this on? These new DNA studies out now. I'm surprised apes have been merged into the family with humans. Very surprised!! Not all apes share our characteristics. Only chimps and orangs are as smart as we are. Gorillas can't do anything really worth a damn. LORD knows I love gorillas, but compared to other apes, they are dumb as dirt!! Yet they are one of the most spectacular and majestic animals on the planet!! Shoot! When it comes to being so graceful and so majestic, gorillas even beat out lions by a long-shot!! But that really has nothing to do with the subject here. So I kinda wonder, why have gibbons not been placed in the same family as apes and humans? Why have red and giant pandas been separated from each other, and not put back in the same family with raccoons? Why haven't the dwarf lemurs merged with the typical Lemurids? Why are bushbabies more often classed with the lorises and pottos than in a class of their own? One thing I have learned about modern classification styles, everyone's is different. It's all a matter of opinion. I personally see no reason to separate the malagasy civets from the viverrids, and in the same light I never classify any felines out of the genus Felis, except the cheetahs. Shoot! I even classify walrus in with the sea lion family. Some authorities agree with me, some don't. But then, you're looking at a girl who classifies polar bears as a separate genus from brown bears, though I may have to rethink that if they have been known to breed together and produce fertile offspring. But then why is it they can and a mule, which is a cross between a horse and an ass, can't? Mules cannot produce offspring, yet horses and asses are both in the same genus, just like polar bears and brown bears. In horses and asses, the only difference really is in the ears. But I see polar bears being so different from other bears. Polar bears are more streamlined, with a flatter head and longer legs, plus they are amphibius. Even their growl is a little bit different, but that could be due to size. A panther's roar is really nothing more than a low-pitched meow.
Well, that's all that was on my mind. I just hate the modern classification methods. I'll always believe it SUCKS!!!!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
New Page: The Flightless Birds!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
New Family Posted: The Armadillos!!!
I included all 4 genera I predict will be around during the Metazoic. This is a first! Including a rather tiny, underground-dwelling armadillo that sort of more resembles an armored rabbit that I called Thoracolagus. Anyway, the armadillos can be viewed at this address: http://www.metazoica.com/armadillos.html. Enjoy them! Any comments are welcomed.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
New Family Posted: New World Monkeys!!!
Today, monkeys do not live in the USA, except for some that escaped a research facility in Florida and has established wild colonies there. They might even make it into the next era. Monkeys are very adaptable. But that's another family entirely. I also fixed the Guestbook feature on my site. Yesterday I noticed someone left a post and it somehow went to my guestbook for TG's Chihuahuas! How that happened I don't know! I must have put the wrong code on my Metazoic site! Well anyway, now the link goes to my Metazoic guestbook. My apologies for that!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It's Been Done!!
Monday, September 15, 2008
The Top Dogs
Well, that takes care of a believable ancestor for the trelatebrate order. The therapeds and deinognathids can take care of being the daytime hunters. This is good, as most of the mammals around during the Metazoic I figure will become diurnal dwellers. This would make the Metazoic the true age of mammals. For those who want to continue believing felines will make it into the Metazoic, they can be the night-time hunters. Since they are already mostly active at night, and specialized to hunt at night. There won't be any large, herbivorous mammals for them to feed on as they will all only be active during the day. All there will be will be some birds that were pushed off by bats as a species, insects and mollusks like slugs and snails. Maybe small lizards and snakes. But I still think they won't make it. If they do, I think they will be muscled aside. But who knows? Sometimes even seemingly top predators get their butts kicked by more powerful predators. There are groups of orcas that specialize in killing great white sharks. My guess would be the Deinognathids will have groups specializing in killing the panthers that would remain.
Really, I should stay away from places like the SE forum!!! LOL! But I don't know if that is possible for me, as I've already established who I like on there. But then again, I felt the same on the INXS Switchboard. There were people there that I already had established I liked a lot. Even after I left. Luckily, I have most of those people as buddies on my MySpace. So I will not say I miss the Switchboard at all! There were some that I did like at one time, but I don't know if they still want to be buds, as I never bothered to ask them. Many of them may have been influenced by DonnaG's labels of me. Regardless of whether or not they are true. In the case of those people, I think I'd rather not know if they want to be buds or not. Remember ignorance is bliss!! But people on forums are just going to try and influence me to think their way, and I just don't want to be influenced. I have my ideas and I am sticking to them.
The absolute truth is that everyone has their own ideas of what will occur in the future. I'm sticking with my own ideas, I will just continue doing what I've been doing for many years. If changes need to be made, I will accept other's opinions. Some of the peeps in this forum seem to know more about animals than I did. I mean, I had no idea the Malagasy civets had been separated from the mainland civets!! I dunno though, classification is also a matter of opinion. I still class the Malagasy civets with the mainland civets!! But anyway that's a whole other blog post!! However, I must agree with the change 100% before committing to it. I don't mind being proven wrong, but again, I must agree 100%.
So this past weekend everyone has been telling me for a family such as this to evolve from chevs is impossible. One person suggested I have the pteropods as the ancestoral species for this family. At first I thought maybe he was bullshitting me (sorry, but it's true). I read his reply and said I'd think it over. I would LOVE nothing more than to have a final ancestoral species for this group. There has got to be one!! This is too good an order to just up and throw away! Whatever the ancestoral species would be, it would have to be something highly adaptable, that could live in any climate or adapt to any climate and any change. I think the people of this forum want me to make felines the ancestoral species for Deinognathids. I thought about that last night, and at first I said to myself "What a horrible thought!!" Then I thought it would be impossible. The same species that would give rise to the Deinognathids would also have to give rise to omnivorous therapeds and other families within the group that are more vegetarian than carnivorous. Besides, I don't think there is any way on Earth felines could ever develop hooves. So felines would be impossible to derive such species as these. Thank GOD!!! So I am not stuck yet. So then I thought about elephant shrews. They are omnivorous, active during daylight hours, and their feet are still soft, while still having the potential to develop hooves. Also they have recently been found to be closely related to elephants, in a sense, hooved mammals. The only problem is that elephant shrews are confined to Africa. But even that problem can be solved. As they get bigger, and Africa collides with Europe and Asia collides with the northernmost tip of the USA, it is possible they could migrate. All these facts make the elephant shrews a good candidate. If they survive human encroachment, they will likely become the ancestoral species to all Trelatebrates of the Metazoic. They are getting bigger. Let's hope humans don't kill off this family. Even though we won't be here, and this is indeed speculative, I'd love to be watching from above and see what creatures evolve to create the animals of tomorrow.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
New Family Posted: the Pseudosims!!!
The name "Pseudosim" is a collective name of this family, it means "false monkey". On my site, these animals are classified as large grazers, though I could classify them as pentadactyls. Though they are related to lemurs and monkeys, they have evolved quite separately from this group. So they are listed in the large grazers. Anyway, enjoy the group.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Feliformes Alternate Evolution
Cats on the other hand, do not hunt gazelles or deer. There are already antelope and deer that consume meat. They manage to shoulder-aside the remaining cats after the extinction event. Cats are forced to feed only on small insects. Thus, they get smaller to accomodate that diet. Except for those who live on remote islands, where there are no deinognathid seeds. Cats had better learn fast not to just kill everything they see and not eat it, otherwise they will starve eventually! Unfortunately, cats are born to see everything as something to kill off, whether they are hungry or not. So if they are pushed into the remote islands, and they just kill for the fun of it, all their prey will eventually die off, and thus so will they, unless they can learn to once again feed on insects, thus getting smaller to accomodate such a diet.
One person compared cats to sharks. They are NOT the same thing!! Sharks EAT everything they kill. Cats don't. Waste not, want not. This "kill all at all costs" will definately be their undoing if nothing else. Deinognathids on the other hand, have one advantage over felines, they are bipedal, with razor-sharp claws, and streamlined feet for running if necessary. The claws are just as sharp as those of a cat, and are even somewhat retractable. When at rest they fold their hands inward, keeping the claws concealed. They also sharpen their claws on tree trunks. Or cacti. They only use their claws when they grasp prey. This is the scenario I have for the Metazoic era. And why I feel felines themselves will not make it.
One of the people fighting hard against my opinion is now saying that Deinognathids are not believable. I should not feel too badly. This same person is also the one who believes megasquids will walk the Earth! LOL! I'll tell you, a bipedal, dinosaur-like predatory antelope is MUCH more believable than a mega-squid walking the Earth! The dinosaurs at least were very successful with that design for over 100 million years. There is no reason at all that design can't come back!! Like I said, it's MUCH more believable than mega-squids walking the earth. Make fun of my creations will ya?! Actually I am always the first to say everyone has a right to their own opinion. But it's the way this guy remarked on my animals on the forum that ticked me off!! And he turns around and believes in things like walking and tree-swinging squids. Sorry, but I will sooner believe antelope can turn into 50-foot long predators (or monotremes can turn into grazers) than I would believe a squid would ever behave like an elephant or a gibbon.
Friday, September 12, 2008
For tomorrow's 'house cats', I thought Paricteria (formerly known as Donnola) would be a good candidate. They are good mousers, clean, intelligent and at times even would be funny. They climb and jump as good as cats, maybe better. So in some ways they might be a pest in that they would love to jump on your kitchen countertops. They would love to cuddle up with their owners to keep warm, and like cats they might even try to "groom" their owners with their bristly tongue. One drawback about these animals is unlike cats, they are not very independant. Being pack animals, they would be more into seeing their owners as a pack leader, more like a dog. But that would also make them more compatable to newcomers should the owner of the future decide to have more than one of these animals.
For tomorrow's "dogs" I thought Ictocamelus or Tamanoa would be good subjects. They too are pack animals, and would see their owner as the pack leader. They are also very defensive of their territory, and would ward off intruders. The only drawback of that is, even a lone Ictocamelus could very easily kill the intruder! It'd be like having a 20-foot long tiger guarding your house! And there wouldn't be much the owner could do to stop it because these animals move so fast. But one good thing is, unlike dogs, since the sense of smell in Ictocamelus and Tamanoa is no better than our own, they wouldn't be sniffing their owner's butt. Dogs are psycho animals in that respect because really, they get more pleasure in sniffing peoples' butt than they do licking their face! Ictocamelus and Tamanoa though rely more on sight and hearing than smell. So they would more recognize their owners by their voices than by their scent.
I was thinking, if they were around now, I would have Tamanoa for protecting the house and family. Then for a pet to cuddle, I'd love to have an animal like Mesocheirus, which is actually a lemur, since mice don't bother me I don't really care to have a mouser. Mesocheirus is a very cuddly-looking lemur, and it would be fun to have a lemur for a pet! Though even they would have drawbacks. Lemurs have to jump from place to place, and these lemurs, though they are the size of a common house cat, would be jumping around and knocking things over. But they are social animals, and love to cuddle with each other at night, and groom each other. They might like doing the same with their owner as well.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
New Updates Added: The Fruit-Eaters And Others!
Also, the Deinognathid, Donnola, has a new genus name. Some idiot thought up that name back in 1993 (oh yeah. It was ME!) and it sounds not scientific enough. It's actually the Spanish word for "weasel". So I decided to change that and call it instead Paricteria. Or "future weasel". You can see the "change" on the Deinognathids page.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The Felines, Why They Are Doomed
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Name A Species
Though I know INXS are rock icons, it'd still be awesome to have some species on my checklist of mammals of the future named after them. Though I don't know about Beers! LOL! I kinda wonder if that really is his last name? If I named one after JD, I would have to use his real last name, Bennison. I can't use Fortune. Kirk, forget about him!!! I would never name anything for him!!! But I can definitely use Farriss! And I might even use Hutchence. hehe! Then there are also my Facebook buddies. IF they don't mind of course. Think of it as the highest honor a person can have to have a mammal of tomorrow named for them. hehe! Of course most of them like felines, of which there will be none in the Metazoic. The dominant predators of the metazoic are the deinognathids. But hey! When you compare modern large felines to tomorrow's large deinognathids, the deinognathids are more impressive! But really I have enough predators for tomorrow. I need more non-predators. Or smaller predators. It's an idea anyway. Of course those who want modern species named for them, they can pay the $600+ fee and have something of today named for them. Last time I looked, there were only mosquitoes. I think I'll pass, myself. I can't stand mosquitoes!! I don't want my name associated with an evil creature like that! But that's me.
Some day soon, I am going to need someone who can work on the fish, birds, reptiles and invertebrates for my site. I have no ideas, and no drawings. I thought maybe if someone wanted to help out in those departments I will be open to ideas. We can collaborate. The only ideas and drawings I have are of flightless birds, which are more common in the Metazoic because bats take over the skies. So anyone who wants to help in this project can e-mail me. My address is at the top of this screen. I myself will concentrate on the mammals.
New Family: the Raccoons
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tomorrow's Most Intelligent Beings
It has been said that raccoons today are almost as smart as monkeys, and they know how to unlock locks and open doors and windows. Who's to say they won't evolve far enough to start using their own tools? Maybe even make their own? Of course the raccoons of tomorrow will not be totally free from such predators as Deinognathus, they will just know how to deal with them better. Just as our own ancestors learned to battle off such predators as panthers and hyenas. The brains of these animals may also be complex enough to develop their own language, much like how we have made up a language of our own.
Ya know, this gives me a good idea of what family to work on next. I think I'll do that today. I will also have the link up to the cerots, which I actually did many months ago, but never got around to creating a link to on the main page.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Future of Cryptid Beasts?
Here is a video I found of someone who claims they saw a creature in Texas that resembles drawings made of a chupacabra. One thing about this creature, it's muzzle is a lot longer than that of any living canid species!!
If that really is a video of the chupacabra, what could happen to it in future evolution? Most hopping mammals have longer, thicker tails, so it would seem this creature would develop a long, kangaroo-like tail, as many people have reported chupacabras "hop" onto their prey. Next the claws. In order to grasp their prey in such a way that would virtually immobilize it, they would either have to develop retractable claws, like a cat, or longer fingers. Anything to wrap around a struggling prey animal to make it easier to deliver the final bite. Next the sucking of body juices typically seen in chupacabra "prey". In order for an animal to do this effectively, the saliva should be more like the venom of a spider, that liquefies the prey's insides. Then like spiders, they need hollow fangs that act like straws to suck out the dissolved juices. But can a mammal actually develop this feature? Remember mammals are born with baby teeth, which shed at a certain age to become adult teeth. After that, they are irreplaceable in all but rodents. If the chupacabra has not already developed these features, maybe this is the blueprint for the future of this species.
What about Sasquatch? We typically know them as Bigfoot. Since this species lives in cold climates it is no wonder they have developed long fur and tower at 8 feet tall! For the future of this species? Well, I might suggest a much thicker and more intense coat, covering even the face. Maybe larger, snowshoe-like flat feet for getting around in the snow. I would guess they are herbivorous like most large apes, so maybe taller to reach higher branches of trees for leaves and fruit. If not make them smaller and lighter-boned to be able to climb the trees for such morsels and give the feet monkey-like gripping ability.
Anyone want to find out more info about bigfoot, aka sasquatch, visit the researcher's site at http://www.bfro.net/. These are just my opinions of what would occur if these creatures do make it into the future world. Maybe it could happen, maybe it couldn't. But it's worth thinking about.
Evolution of Flight
Even this show says that bats fly better than birds and are more maneuverable than birds. It could be this that allows bats to win in the future world over birds. Remember sharks beat out the prehistoric Dunkleosteus. You know why some people believed that happened? Because sharks have jaws that protrude foreward when biting, giving them a bigger advantage in capturing prey over Dunkleosteus, whose jaws were immobile like ours. Little things sometimes can make the biggest difference. Sharks have been successful for over 350 million years because of that! Whereas Dunkleosteus and it's allies died off long ago. If bats are more agile fliers than birds, even slightly more, that could be a huge advantage in their future survival over birds. All bats have to know how to do now is take over the daytime skies, and it is the pteropods that are well on the way to doing just that.
On my Metazoic site, I have also a group of far-gliding mammals (or I will have when I get around to them) I call them "Pleuropters", and these mammals take on a method of gliding much like today's flying lizards of Borneo. It's an interesting concept. One that could happen in mammals. Who knows? But these are not the same things as bats. I've been thinking of not calling these mammals of my site "mammals", but something else. Maybe "Neomammals" for now, because IMO, they would be so very different from modern mammals. In birds and pterosaurs, the thing that makes them successful fliers is the hollow bones. In my Metazoic world, bats develop the same feature, making them lighter in weight and the largest bats just as capable of flying as smaller bats. But the air sacs are a feature no mammal has today. I also have placed this feature in the Lily-walkers and the small, water lily-trotting deinognathid, Feresetta. To make it easier for these animals to walk on lily pads without going through and sinking the pads to the bottom of their lake home. Much like we see in today's jacanas. But it was the air sacs and hollow bones that made the largest pterosaur, Quetzalcoaltus, capable of flight.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Anyway, back to squids. In TFIW (The Future is Wild), they portrayed small, tree-swinging squids they called "squibbons". GOD I HATE that name!!!! But then "mutt-names" always sound dumb!! I always try to stay away from mutt names for my animals! Unless it is in the latin form. But that is different. Even today we have animals whose latin names combine those of other animals. Like Hippotigris (tiger-horse) for zebras, Hippocamelus (camel-horse) for guemal deer, Myictis (mouse-weasel) for a small, tree-dwelling dasyure, and Cynictis (dog-weasel) for the yellow mongoose. But I don't believe in doing the same for the common names because these are their own animals. Anyway, TFIW thinks these so-called "squibbons" will be swinging from tree to tree like gibbons and there is no way that can ever happen!! Even with extra muscle and cartilage, it is not at all possible. Gibbons have bones specially placed in their hands for absorbing the shock of impact, squids do not have this. Cartilage is too soft. If they hit a branch at top speed, the cartilage and tendons holding the muscle would just disintegrate. And forget about them being able to leap from one branch to another. IMO, "squibbons" would be better off just creeping up trees like tree snails, and staying in one place. As for the "mega squid", forget about them!! Such a creature would be impossible for it to exist!!! They are too big to inhabit forests and too big to be carried around by simply cartilage and muscle! The animals that do have a skeletal structure of nothing but cartilage only live in the water, they never come on land. Those that do, too easily get crushed under their weight. Like if a great white shark were to beach it's self. It'd be too heavy on it's self to even breathe. And all that weight would make it impossible to support on leg structure made simply of cartilage and muscle.
In order for squids to retreat to a land-based existence, they would have to secrete something (like slime) in order to protect their skin from the sun. So it is my guess squids that retreat to land will have a slimy coat-covering. The beak of the animals will move above the arms, so they can use their arms for crawling. Crawling in a way like they grasp the ground and pull, like a sloth on the ground. Same for climbing squids, only they grasp up and pull, very slowly. For squids that feed on grass, they can reach out their arms and pull the grass to their beak and eat that way. Same with leaves, just reach and pull to their beak, and cut off the parts of the leaves they love and eat it that way.
I just got an idea this afternoon, for a squid that even hunts like a spider. Only their "web" is a long thin string of sticky slime. Like I said, all squids of this age secrete slime. But this species, I will call it Arasoupia, secretes a sticky slime from it's mouth to one of it's arms, sits on a tree branch and dangles the drip, awaiting an insect or other small creature to get caught in the sticky goo. Then the squid acts, pulling the droplet with the animal or insect attached to the end up to it's mouth, delivers a poisonous, paralyzing bite and eating the creature. So those are my ideas for tomorrow's squids.