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 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 One last glimpse Mealtime: This giant salamander, known as a hellbender, hopes to make a northern water snake its next meal. National Geographic, 26 Dec. 2019 The president may not catch enough water snakes to patrol the border. The Economist, 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of water snake

1527, in the meaning defined above

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“Water snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20snake. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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