Squirrels go nuts for Christmas pulling crackers and stealing decorations

These squirrels look NUTS for Christmas – as they appear to pull a cracker.

Snapper Max Ellis, from Teddington, London, snapped the hilarious scenes after placing festive items in his garden.

The critters can be seen sharing a Christmas cracker

The critters can be seen sharing a Christmas cracker

The curious critters couldn’t resist investigating and it wasn’t long until they were trying to open crackers and stealing decorations.

Max revealed the nut lovers initially appeared hesitant but soon got stuck in.

Max Ellis snapped the hilarious scenes after placing festive items in his garden

Max Ellis snapped the hilarious scenes after placing festive items in his garden

He said: “The squirrels are very inquisitive and love to investigate everything I put out there.

“Christmas proved more exciting than you could possibly imagine.”

Max and the squirrels have become a web sensation after he posted dozens of hilarious scenes with them in his garden.

And his latest work is proving just as popular in the build up to Christmas.

One of the creatures dashing through the snow with a candy cane

One of the creatures dashing through the snow with a candy cane

He said it takes hours – and occasionally days – to capture the shot, as he has to wait for his subjects to take up the exact stance needed.

Max uses very little retouching in the shots and the squirrels have never been harmed.

He uses nuts and other tasty treats to tempt them into investigating what he has left for them to play with.

He added: “They are probably better fed than any other wild squirrels on the planet.”