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My Netflix subscription and "hey, I remember really liking this back when I was a kid, I wonder if it has aged well at all" curiosity has led me to rent G.I. Joe: The Movie. I suspect that this movie may have been a small part (among other influences, of course) of what got me started down the wrong path, considering the fact that Cobra Commander gets hit with a shot of mutagenic spores that slowly and gradually transform him into a feral snake, meaning that there are several choice shots along the way of him basically being a clothing damaged snake furry.

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(Unfortunately, the transformation process doesn't stop there and eventually it gets to points like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP4wNtNGfjA#t=7m20s , but it sure was fun while it lasted. Also, it ended up becoming the trope namer for http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WasOnceAMan so I guess it was kind of fun anyway, but you know.)

Seeing this whole process raised a question, though, and this is something I actually see kind of a lot in furry: why do anthro snakes have claws? When an anthro anything else has claws, it's assumed to just be from the animal side of the human/animal hybrid, but obviously snakes don't have claws, either.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I mean, I'm not going to lie; that's a rather nice look for him, as well as for all the other snake anthros I see out there. *Ahem* But I'm still curious! I mean, is it really just nothing more than rule of "this looks good so I'm throwing it in?" Because I'm totally okay with that. Just, you know, may as well check.
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rakarr
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Time:2012-04-02 12:50 pm (UTC)
They're fangs for the feet.

Or I guess since people are giving them limbs in the first place they figure they may as well have claws too.
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xaq
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Time:2012-04-02 11:26 pm (UTC)
At this point in the transformation, he's basically a reptile with appendages, and claws are about the only appropriate thing to put on the end of such appendages.

A reptile with fingernails would just look weird, and not having anything at the ends would just detract from the "look evil and menacing" factor.

All in all, the claws were the most sensible choice.
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