gray rat snake

plural gray rat snakes

Definition of gray rat snake

: a large, heavy-bodied, nonvenomous rat snake (Pantherophis spiloides synonym Elaphe spiloides) of the eastern and central U.S. that is gray with brown to dark gray blotches on the back

Note: In an alternative classification system, the gray rat snake is not considered a separate species but rather included within other subspecies (Pantherophis obsoletus obsoletus and P. obsoletus spiloides) of a common rat snake.

— compare eastern rat snake, western rat snake

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Gray rat snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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