king snake

noun
\ˈkiŋ-ˌsnāk \
variants: or kingsnake

Definition of king snake 

: any of various brightly marked nonvenomous colubrid snakes (genus Lampropeltis) chiefly of North and Central America that have glossy, smooth scales and usually a striped, blotched, or speckled pattern and that typically feed on rodents, birds, frogs, lizards, eggs, and other snakes — see milk snake

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Initially thinking the serpent was a harmless king snake, Phillips decided to catch it and give the snake as a gift to his older brother, who has owned snakes in the past, WTOK-News reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Alabama man paralyzed, 'fighting for his life' after coral snake bite, family says," 11 May 2018

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1709, in the meaning defined above

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