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Snapping turtles have been around for a million years. They are the largest of the state's turtle residents and can reach sixty-eight pounds in the wild. Snappers live in ponds, reservoirs, creeks, and rivers, and they are especially fond of meat. Shankle describes how to catch and prepare them for turtle stew.
Stone Mountain State Park offers a variety of activities to visitors--hiking; fishing in the seventeen miles of trout streams; and climbing the 600-foot granite face of the mountain.
Three species of vultures live in the country, and two of them live in North Carolina--the turkey vulture and the black vulture. The California condor does not live in the state. These birds are capable of astounding feats of flying and also perform a useful service by disposing of dead animals and plants.
Hanging Rock State Park is located in the state's northern Piedmont, close to large cities like Winston-Salem and Greensboro. It became a state park in 1936. Over seventeen miles of hiking trails wind through the park. The park contains a number of waterfalls, and its main attraction is Moore's Knob. There an observation tower provides visitors with an unobstructed 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.