gopher snake

noun

Definition of gopher snake 

1 : a large, nonvenomous, colubrid snake (Pituophis catenifer) of western and central North America that is a powerful constrictor and is white, tan, yellow, or gray with brown or black squarish blotches — see bull snake

Note: The gopher snake was formerly placed in the same species as the pine snake and is sometimes mistakenly identified as a rattlesnake.

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There are deer and songbirds and peregrine falcons, gopher snakes and owls and frogs. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Developer wants townhouses. Neighbors want green acres. A fight brews in Northwest Boise | Idaho Statesman," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gopher snake

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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