: a monotypic genus of small North American colubrid snakes that are brownish black to glossy black above and pinkish below, have narrow flat heads, and feed chiefly on earthworms see worm snake

Word History


New Latin, from Greek karphos dry stalk, stick + New Latin -ophis

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“Carphophis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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