Turtle Clapping

The only source that I can find for this supposedly ancient and semi-legendary practice is a single article in FIELD AND STREAM.

Was the reporter getting his leg pulled? Did the practice exist, then die off? Inquiring minds want to know!
     Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 29, 2016
     Category: Animals | Regionalism | 1960s

I'm dubious about this. It sounds like "Let's pull the leg of he city-slicker." However, here in Oklahoma natives do participate in "noodling" which I believe that we've discussed before. That is an actual activity which is well documented.
Posted by KDP on 08/29/16 at 10:03 AM
Plenty of folks caught turtles (no K) back in my home town when I was growing up but I've never heard of this.

Personally, having seen these turtles (still no K) in action I'd want to be really, really careful about sticking my hand in the water to try to catch them. Once they clamp down even chopping off the head won't get them to release. You've got to break the jaw.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/29/16 at 10:21 AM
So, blind baby here finally found the K. Just had to see what I was reading!
Posted by Steve E. on 08/30/16 at 01:02 PM
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