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Say hello to Godzillia...

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Feanor, May 27, 2012.

  1. Feanor

    Feanor member

    This beast emerged from the Thornapple river just in time to meet up with myself and a new Canon DSLR. :eek:

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  2. Beaux Nehr

    Beaux Nehr Well-Known Member

  3. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    Nah... That's not Godzilla - it's Gamera.

    Gamera is really neat -
    He is made of turtle meat...

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  4. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    Get him mouf bit on de baton... member him baht e'bn so him daid.

    (make sure his mouth is firmly clamped down on a stick (before you knock his head off) ... remember, he may bite even if (you think) he's dead)

    come to think of it, not bad advice for HD/SD shootings, either.

    (one of my old math pofs insists that old cajuns don't die, they just go to Port Aurthur)
  5. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member


    Yup, they call them "snapping" turtles for a reason. ;)
  6. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    MMMMMMMMMM- soup, now I am hungry.
  7. interlock

    interlock Well-Known Member

    wow, how big do them things grow? are they limitted to the deep south of the US?
  8. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    Interlock, i've seen these things up near my Dad's house in Michigan (mitten-shaped state bordering Canada). They get bigger around than a complete silver tea service.

    edited to say: since salt water turtles are protected, fresh water snapper is the best you can get... and it is GOOOOOD. You gotta be sure to collect the fat from under the shell, cook it with the meat. Also, those beaks will shear fingers clean off.
  9. waterhill

    waterhill Well-Known Member

    Thats a baby. Come down here and looksee. Ours are a conglomoration of alligator, rhinocerous, triceroutops, and just plain ugly. Snap your leg clean off at the hip!

    Eat them? not my bag, baby. I get the dry heaves thinking about it.

    A friend of a friend of a friend seen one pull a 30 lb. wild piglet into the water in a nearby creek once..........
  10. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    He might be kidding... then again maybe not, or not by much... up near galveston/ port aurthur & up into the bayou on the louisiana border, they get SCARY big... never seen one that could snap a man's leg off, but i've seen some i don't think i could pick up by myself. (Two man lift, bend from the knees, not the back, etc.) Big. Ugly. Best served as soup. :evil:

    Edited to say: Also, if you ever get to Australia, watch out for drop bears...
  11. SimplyChad

    SimplyChad Well-Known Member

    Ive seen some monster ones in the waters NE of houston. When I was a kid we would "fish" for them but curling our toes and dragging out feet across the bottoms of the shallows. Seen one bite though a 2x4 while we tryed to cut its head off.
  12. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    The common snapping turtle (as in the original post) is fairly well distributed, the "Alligator Snapper" is not.

    The common snapping turtle can grow pretty big, but the alligator snapper can (with age) easily attain weights in excess of 150 lbs. (recorded weights of about 250 lbs. are documented). One unofficial report of a turtle (in Kansas) weighing in at about 400 lbs. That is probably stretching it!

    In the early 60's my brother and I caught one on a throw line from a pond on the golf course (Independence, Kansas) that would not fit into a 55 gallon drum (no kidding).
  13. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    We used to catch alligator snappers up in the bottom of our nets when I was banding birds in college. It was a Wilson's Snipe migration study, we'd set the nets up in a marsh. Snappers would occasionally crawl in to the bottom of 'em and we'd just have to cut the net out around 'em, not get too close to that mouth. :D

    Might as well be dead....:D
  14. Ditchtiger

    Ditchtiger Well-Known Member

    Those heads are still dangerous after getting cut off.
    My brother and I would poke at them with a stick while Grampa finished cleaning them.
    This was 40 years ago when I was young and foolish.
    Saw one snapper that would only fit into a metal garbage can sideways and was to big to get to the bottom.
    Turtles tasted better if kept in clean water for a few days before cleaning them.
  15. fatcat4620

    fatcat4620 Well-Known Member

    I have seen then the size of a trash can lid (watts bar lake, east tn). I have rangled with aligator sappers before and they are the pitbull of the turtle world.
  16. jbkebert

    jbkebert Well-Known Member

    When I was about 5 or 6 years old. I found a snapping turtle of a similar size trying to cross the road. I have never seen one before and just knew i had discovered the largest box turtle in the world.

    So in all of my brillance I walked up to the turtle and sat down beside him and started petting the thing. The turtle really took this pretty well. i picked him up and was carring it home. When I got back to the house my dad yelled at me about the time I raised the turtle up like a hamburger to look him in the eye. Whap sucker latched on to my cheek. I danced and screamed for a minute or two and kept trying to pull it off. The turtle let go and dad got it into a gunny sack.

    This was my first experience with a snapping turtle. My lord did it leave a lasting impression with me. Dad took the turtle to a guy he knew that ate turtle. he sent me a quart jar of turtle soup. Can't say I really enjoyed the soup all that much if I remember right. I did have some satisfaction in eating that SOB. My face was marked real good for a month or better. Now its just a small scar.
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  17. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Well-Known Member

    Did ya pet him on the head?
  18. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member


    Yeah, or feed him a marshmallow from the corner of your mouth. ;)

    Grizzly Bears and Snapping Turtles, probably a bad idea. :scrutiny:
  19. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member

    I caught an alligator snapper about that size on a trot line when I was in high school and had to cut its head off with a machete so it would not eat me (It was really mad). After taking off the shell, I had four fist sized chunks of meat for some delicious Brunswick Stew.

    Just my .02,
  20. jbkebert

    jbkebert Well-Known Member

    I didn't say I was a very bright kid.

    Boy oh boy did that lesson stick with me.

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