rat snake

noun

Definition of rat snake 

: any of various large harmless chiefly rat-eating colubrid snakes (especially genus Elaphe)

called also chicken snake

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The Western rat snake is pretty common in this area, Janusz said. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Slidell woman raising 2-headed snake, named File and Gumbo," 6 June 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 The wardens assisted in untangling a six foot rat snake, which had wrapped itself around the engine parts. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes," 25 May 2018 The Texas rat snake is a non-venomous reptile that's commonly found in North Texas. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Texas man shocked as 7-foot snake wrapped around front door grille moves in for a 'closer look'," 25 May 2018 Officials here are now required to prove that certain animals to be sold abroad, including Oriental rat snakes and Timor monitors, are genuinely captive-bred. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "That Python in the Pet Store? It May Have Been Snatched From the Wild," 9 Apr. 2018 Snake Feeding Presentation, 3:15 p.m. Animals being fed may include a rat snake, ball python, or pine snake. Sun-Sentinel.com, "events by county," 28 Mar. 2018 In fact, the second fastest individual strike the team measured belonged to a rat snake, which launched its head with an acceleration of 274 meters per second squared, equivalent to 28 times the downward pull of gravity. National Geographic, "Snake Myth Debunked Thanks to New High-Speed Video," 18 Apr. 2016 Yet other ticks are finicky eaters, such as the rat snake tick, which feeds only on the blood of that particular serpent. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A museum of blood-sucking nightmares: the US National Tick Collection," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of rat snake

1818, in the meaning defined above

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