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Snakes are found throughout the world and can inhabit such areas as deserts, prairies (grasslands), forests and even in bodies of water. They cannot be found in places like Ireland, Greenland, New Zealand and Antarctica. There are snakes that inhabit temperate grasslands as well as tropical grasslands. The climate of the grassland (Savannah) in Africa varies between a moist and a dry season although it is warm year round. The African grasslands are home to the African Rock Python known for its huge size and kills its prey(rodents and antelopes)by constricting it. They live in Sub-Saharan grasslands preferably near a body of water. The fast Black Mamba stealthily hunts for small mammals and birds in the grasslands of Africa and is a diurnal hunter. In North America, the grasslands are known as the prairies and can be found in the Midwestern United States. These are temperate grasslands which have only 10-30 inches of rainfall per year and have a growing season and a dormant season. It is too cold for the growth of grass during the dormant season. Animals in this biome have adapted to dry, windy conditions with little rainfall. Snakes prey on mice and jack rabbits which are plentiful in these grasslands. Interesting to note: there are grasslands in South America known as pampas and those in Central Eurasia are called steppes. Something else to note--the amount of rainfall in a grassland couldn't support a forest as their climax community but there is enough moisture so that it isn't considered a desert. The soil is fertile and many organisms that graze can be supported, along with predators such as snakes and coyotes.