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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 31 Issue 3, Mar 1967
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Hamnett continues WILDLIFE IN NORTH CAROLINA magazine series on museums that exhibit nature. This month the State Museum of Natural History in Raleigh is reviewed. The North Carolina Legislature authorized the Department of Agriculture to â€œkeep a museum or collection to illustrate the agricultural and other resources and the natural history of the State.â€ At the present time the collection of fish, amphibians, and reptiles from North Carolina is recognized as one of the best of those owned by museums devoted to state collections.
The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest and most impressive of all the venomous snakes in North Carolina. Adults measure between four and five feet, but some exceed six feet in length. This snake lives mostly in the Coastal Plain and is slow to retreat when its habitat is invaded. Its diet consists of rabbits and other small mammals.
In much of North Carolina wild turkey hunting is a very unproductive sport. Only a few counties have turkey populations that are in good shape and able to increase the numbers in the flock. These flocks prosper only in areas where they are protected from indiscriminate hunting. Partin discusses reasons for the decline in the turkey population and its prospects for survival in the future.
In Part II of his series, Poole continues his discussion of the plight of the North American waterfowl.