Are Crawdads edible?

Chef's answer
Like other edible crustaceans, only a small portion of the body of a crayfish is edible. ... At crawfish boils or other meals where the entire body of the crayfish is presented, other portions, such as the claw meat, may be eaten. Claws of larger boiled specimens are often pulled apart to access the meat inside.
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Like other edible crustaceans, only a small portion of the body of a crayfish is edible. ... At crawfish boils or other meals where the entire body of the crayfish is presented, other portions, such as the claw meat, may be eaten. Claws of larger boiled specimens are often pulled apart to access the meat inside.
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