indigo snake

noun

Definition of indigo snake

: a very large blue-black or brownish colubrid snake (genus Drymarchon and especially D. corais) of the southeastern U.S. and Texas to Argentina

called also gopher snake

Examples of indigo snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biologists say the discovery of a juvenile indigo snake in Alabama is proof that those reintroduction efforts are working and that the species could find a permanent home in Alabama once again. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Biggest environmental stories of 2020 in Alabama," 31 Dec. 2020 The eastern indigo snake used to rule Alabama’s longleaf pine forests as the apex predator, reaching lengths of up to nine feet, and feeding on copperheads and rattlesnakes. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Biggest environmental stories of 2020 in Alabama," 31 Dec. 2020 The forests are home to a number of Alabama’s endangered or threatened species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker and the eastern indigo snake. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Trump administration proposes removing woodpecker from endangered list," 25 Sep. 2020 The good-guy snakes include but aren’t limited to the eastern hognose snake, Texas brown snake, Texas rat snake, rough green snake, garter snake, milk snake, bullsnake, kingsnake, indigo snake, black racer, water snake, blind snake and coachwhip. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Most snakes in North Texas are beneficial to your garden," 8 June 2020 The last eastern indigo snake from a native Alabama population was caught in 1954. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "This imperiled Alabama snake eats rattlesnakes, copperheads for breakfast," 30 Oct. 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife Texas indigo snakes are nonvenomous and are actually immune to rattlesnake venom, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "When a 6-foot snake slithered out of his toilet, dad knocked son over running away, he says," 12 June 2018 Texas indigo snakes regularly feed on smaller, venomous snakes. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "When a 6-foot snake slithered out of his toilet, dad knocked son over running away, he says," 12 June 2018 Texas tortoises, indigo snake, Texas horned lizards – are found few other places. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Behold the untamed splendor of South Texas," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of indigo snake

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Indigo snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indigo%20snake. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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