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#12373940 - 08/05/17 05:21 PM snapping turtle?
fishfree Offline
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Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 345
Loc: west texas


have you eaten fresh water snapping and/or alligator turtle? How would you describe the taste and texture?

I catch one on occasion while fishing and let them go but I remember my grandfather's neighbor, some 60+ years ago, butchering a huge soft-shell turtle from the Red River. Seemed like a lot of work. He said it tasted like chicken.

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#12373951 - 08/05/17 05:35 PM Re: snapping turtle? [Re: fishfree]
deucer02 Offline
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Registered: 02/20/09
Posts: 11796
Loc: Irving, Texas and Cedar Creek
I've eaten sea turtle. It was very good. Don't know about other types.

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#12373963 - 08/05/17 05:46 PM Re: snapping turtle? [Re: fishfree]
KQT Offline
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Registered: 06/21/08
Posts: 939
Loc: Dallas and Port A
Check the regulations on alligator snapper, I think it's a no-no. I think they use green ear sliders in New Orlean, surly a Cajun will know.
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#12374114 - 08/05/17 08:22 PM Re: snapping turtle? [Re: fishfree]
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Registered: 02/11/09
Posts: 33383
Loc: Mansfield-ish
Way back when I was a kid, I remember my aunt made turtle and them talking about how there's seven different kinds of meat on a turtle. Big old snapper. I remember a bite and it was kinda similar to frog, but a dark meat. Richer, but fishier and muddier. I wouldn't say no, but I didn't get that recipe from her before she died and I have absolutely no idea what she did or how.

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#12374156 - 08/05/17 08:56 PM Re: snapping turtle? [Re: fishfree]
psalty Offline
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Registered: 04/23/05
Posts: 387
Loc: Kingwood,Tx
I remember watching a video on YouTube where a fellow was "butchering" a turtle. What a burden !!!
Check out cleaning turtles on YouTube and decide for yourself.
KFC sounds a lot less burdensome and besides a little dude that sightly attractive deserves to snap until glory calls.
Some folks keep them as pets ?? noidea
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#12374616 - 08/06/17 10:51 AM Re: snapping turtle? [Re: fishfree]
fishslime Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 2133
Loc: mckinney
That's a sure nuff snapping turtle for sure!

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#12374790 - 08/06/17 02:15 PM Re: snapping turtle? [Re: fishfree]
JuniorPro22 Offline
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Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 247
Loc: Dallas
They do taste like chicken. I still know people to this day that will keep every snapping turtle they catch because 1. they have too many of them in their ponds and 2. they taste really good

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#12376436 - 08/07/17 05:12 PM Re: snapping turtle? [Re: fishfree]
greenen Offline
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Registered: 05/24/08
Posts: 775
Loc: Harker Heights
Lots of work for very little output on the meat. We cleaned and cooked a few growing up.

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