corn snake

noun

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

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corn%20snake. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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