water snake

noun

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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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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