The most characteristic large mammal of the Great Plains is the Pronghorn. While most people would associate the prairie with the American Bison, it had subspecies which were adapted to the woodland habitats of eastern North America and the taiga of Canada. The Pronghorn was never found outside the High Plains and sagebrush flats of the American West.
Red-bellied black snakes are aslo called the common black snake. Distributed down the east coast of Australia, not including Tasmania, and slightly into South Australia. The red-bellied black snake prefers swampy, moist areas around creeks, rivers and lakes. They prey on rats, mice, frogs, lizards and birds, as well as fish and eels, as they are good swimmers. They also eat other snakes, including those of their own species.
The resplendent quetzal is an aptly named bird that many consider among the world’s most beautiful. These vibrantly colored animals live in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures.
The barn owl has excellent low-light vision to find prey by sight at night. But it also has the unique ability to locate prey by sound alone and can even locate and catch mice in the snow. Barn owls appear to practice population control; when food is scarce they lay fewer eggs or may not breed at all. Found on many oceanic islands and on every continent except Antarctica, the barn owl is one of the most widely distributed birds in the world.