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 The black pine snake is listed under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species, as is the indigo snake. Dennis Pillion |, al, 15 Aug. 2022 The burrows increase plant biodiversity and also provide a home for more than 360 other species, many of which can’t dig for themselves and some, like the indigo snake and gopher frog, are also endangered. Roni Dengler, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2018 The eastern indigo snake is the largest nonvenomous snake in North America and is typically found in southern states including South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Riley Davis, Discover Magazine, 28 June 2022 The black pine snake, living mostly in longleaf pine forests, can sometimes be mistaken for the eastern indigo snake, another longleaf resident that is just starting to rebound in Alabama after reintroductions in the Conecuh National Forest. Dennis Pillion |, al, 15 Aug. 2022 The eastern indigo snake is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and can be found in central and south Florida’s longleaf forests. Dennis Pillion |, al, 29 June 2022 The eastern indigo snake is the longest snake native to North America and can grow to lengths of eight feet. Dennis Pillion |, al, 29 June 2022 Though the landscape might seem hospitable, this environment is also home to gopher tortoises, the rare eastern indigo snake, scrub lizards and insects. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 26 June 2022 According to Auburn University, the eastern indigo snake is the longest native snake in North America, stretching to a size of 8.5 feet. Julia Musto, Fox News, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indigo snake was circa 1885

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“Indigo snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

indigo snake

: a very large harmless blue-black or brownish snake of the southern U.S. and Texas

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