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

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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 Species that tested positive for the disease included the northern water snake, racer, milk snake and queen snake. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "This fatal disease is disfiguring endangered Indiana snakes," 17 May 2018 Copperheads are often mistaken for juvenile cottonmouths, or water moccasins, or for common water snakes. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Copperheads in Alabama: How to spot snakes that bit 2 kids in 8 days, what to do for bites," 15 Sep. 2017 Think: Video installations, a luxury speedboat, water snake high-tops, and everything in between. Christine Whitney, Harper's BAZAAR, "Thai Society," 3 Dec. 2014

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1527, in the meaning defined above

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