corn snake


plural corn snakes
: 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

Examples of corn snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The female corn snake — who went missing from her home in Spennymoor, England, over a year ago and made headlines for the astonishing circumstances surrounding her reunion with her owner — is looking for a new home. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 According to the Miami Herald, the scaly intruder is a 2-foot-long corn snake, a nonvenomous reptile native to Florida. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corn snake was in 1676

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“Corn snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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