The lions’ retractile, highly curved claws can be up to 38mm / 1½ inches in length. Lions have four claws on their back feet but five on the front where the dew clawis found. This acts like a thumb and is used to hold down prey while the
jaws rip away the meat from bone. Set well back from the other claws the dew claw does not appear in the print. The claws grow as a series of layers; as each layer wears away it is shed and a new sharp-pointed claw is exposed.