corn snake

plural corn snakes

Definition of corn snake

: a slender, reddish-orange to yellowish-brown, nonvenomous snake (Pantherophis guttatus synonym P. guttata synonym Elaphe guttata) of the eastern U.S. that has orange, red, or brown, squarish blotches with black margins on the back and a whitish belly checkered mainly with black and white, is typically 24 to 60 inches (61 to 153 centimeters) long but may reach a length of 72 inches (183 centimeters), and is sometimes kept as a pet

Note: The corn snake is often mistaken for a copperhead snake which has hourglass-shaped rather than squarish blotches on the back.

called also red rat snake

First Known Use of corn snake

1676, in the meaning defined above

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“Corn snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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