water snake


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As Stacy Liberatore reports for the Daily Mail, quincunx patterns seen on the objects represent the axis mundi, while the head of a water snake references the underworld. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Dec. 2021 Scientists are studying how the goby might give back to the food web; the fish are credited with reviving the Lake Erie water snake population. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2021 According to Live Science, water snake males, which initiate the pursuit, typically mate with just one female per season. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020 Fortunately for those who would rather not encounter a tangle of lusty reptiles during their morning jog, water snake dalliances are fleeting. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 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, 15 Feb. 2020 Florida water snakes are a native species whose habitats include aquatic environments. Amir Vera, CNN, 15 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1527, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water snake was in 1527

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“Water snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20snake. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

water snake


: any of various snakes found in or near fresh waters and feeding largely on water-dwelling animals

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