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They are similar to the Pizza Monsters from the ’87 Animated series in that they’re both based on the design of Xenomorphs: Squirrelanoids
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Appearances in Heroclix: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half Shell
First Appearance: Invasion of the Squirrelanoids (October 19, 2013)
Team Affiliations: N/A
Powers: Retractable squirrel-head tongue; Enhanced speed and reflexes; Energy transmission
Created by: Todd Garfield
After the Turtles battle with the Kraang on the Kraang’s stealth ship through the city, mutagen canisters are accidentally spread all over the city. The contents of one such canister is licked up by a normal gray squirrel. This squirrel begins to mutate and as the Turtles attempt to capture it, leaps into the mouth and down the gullet of a homeless man. Horrified, the Turtles bring the homeless man to their lair to study him and ensure his safety.
Using x-rays, the turtles watch as the squirrel is able to asexually reproduce and splits into two whole mutant squirrels inside the man’s stomach. This increased mass leads to the man vomiting both squirrels up before passing out. The Turtles attempt to capture the squirrels to no avail, until one invades Raphael’s body in a similar fashion. It also reproduces and both of these squirrels are then vomited up by Raph.
As the three squirrels come together, they all glow before growing to human size and transforming into monstrous forms. Mikey dubs these creatures “Squirrelanoids” and the Turtles engage in a battle with the trio. They are quickly overwhelmed until Splinter arrives to fend off the monsters, with the Squirrelanoids escaping into the sewers. The Turtles recover their faculties and soon head out after them in an attempt to at least contain these new mutants from wreaking havoc on the surface.
The Turtles are ultimately able to temporarily detain the Squirrelanoids while Donnie develops a retro-mutagen that changes them back into normal squirrels. One does escape, however, and seems to continue to exist in the sewer ecosystem. This Squirrelanoid even seems to reproduce as it, and another, are captured and enslaved by the Kraang later on. They escape with the help of Metalhead and the Mutanimals and are later seen during the race between Fishface, Mikey, Casey Jones and Mondo Gecko.