I caught a nice Alligator snapping turtle a couple weeks ago. It's as big around as a 55 gallon drum probably 40-50 pounder. Havent weighed it yet. Been feeding it out and getting ready to butcher it. I want to preserve the shell. Anyone out there ever done it and how do you do it?It is legal in Louisiana to keep one alligator snapper a day so please don't tell me to turn it loose ain't happenin. The thought of the sauce picant that I'm going to make out of this critter is making my mouth water. If it was a true giant I would just take a pic then turn it loose. This one is going in the pot. I will try to take some pics and post later.