water snake


Definition of water snake

: any of various snakes (especially genus Nerodia formerly included in the genus Natrix) that frequent or inhabit fresh waters and feed largely on aquatic animals

Examples of water snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 But folks with access to a telescope can look for Asteroid 52768 in Wisconsin by checking out the southern sky and searching for it in the constellation Hydra, the water snake, just below Leo. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An asteroid will pass close to Earth on April 29 — well, close astronomically speaking," 24 Apr. 2020 Turns out it's mating season for the Florida water snake, officials said, and a large group snakes have gathered near the lake for a giant orgy. Amir Vera, CNN, "Florida city shuts down part of a park due to annual snake orgy," 15 Feb. 2020 Florida water snakes are a native species whose habitats include aquatic environments. Amir Vera, CNN, "Florida city shuts down part of a park due to annual snake orgy," 15 Feb. 2020 One last glimpse Mealtime: This giant salamander, known as a hellbender, hopes to make a northern water snake its next meal. National Geographic, "How many species haven't we found yet?," 26 Dec. 2019 The president may not catch enough water snakes to patrol the border. The Economist, "An absurd reckoning of Donald Trump’s border moat," 5 Oct. 2019 But other predators stalk vernal pools, such as water snakes, which Grant has seen snacking on wood frog eggs. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Like magic, these habitats disappear and reappear each spring," 20 Mar. 2019 According to the Observer, the snake was identified as a nonvenomous brown water snake by the North Carolina Zoo. Fox News, "Snake struggles to swallow catfish whole, graphic images show: ‘Not something you see every day'," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of water snake

1527, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2020

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“Water snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20snake. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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