non·​ven·​om·​ous | \ ˌnän-ˈve-nə-məs \

Definition of nonvenomous

: not venomous a nonvenomous snake

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Boa constrictors are nonvenomous snakes that can weigh more than 100 pounds and reach more than 13 feet in length. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Snake eats pigeon on busy London sidewalk as horrified crowd watches," 6 Aug. 2018 Watch how to tell the difference between a deadly cottonmouth snake and a nonvenomous rat snake in this video. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Snake was shading under a car at Walmart. Then these 2 brought lighter fluid, police say," 15 June 2018 All the new serpents belong to the genera Dipsas or Sibon, which are nonvenomous, tree-dwelling, snail-eating snakes found in South America. Alejandro Arteaga, National Geographic, "These 5 New Snake Species Suck Snails Out of Their Shells," 14 June 2018 Covington and a family friend were riding a four-wheeler when the friend, who has not been named by authorities, shot and killed a nonvenomous snake on the property. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Family friend was reloading after killing a snake. A 9-year-old got shot in the back," 12 June 2018 The snake is a nonvenomous Southern black racer, a breed known to charge people and bite repeatedly when cornered, according to website Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A sniper, a snake and one creepy photo is causing thousands of people to squirm | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 That’s not a surprise, says Penning, since venomous and nonvenomous snakes capture similarly quick prey, such as rabbits and mice. National Geographic, "Snake Myth Debunked Thanks to New High-Speed Video," 18 Apr. 2016 However, unlike a rattlesnake, a gopher snake is nonvenomous and its tail does not rattle. Johana Restrepo, azcentral, "Snake-removal calls up sharply in Scottsdale," 26 Apr. 2017 Pythons and other large nonvenomous snakes kill their prey by constricting them, which cuts off blood flow through the prey’s body. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Watch First-Ever Video of Python Swallowing Hyena," 15 Mar. 2017

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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non·​ven·​om·​ous | \ -ˈven-ə-məs \

Medical Definition of nonvenomous

: not venomous

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