worm snake


Definition of worm snake

: a small terrestrial colubrid snake (Carphophis amoenus) of the eastern U.S. that is dark above and pinkish red below

Examples of worm snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blind worm snakes have tiny eyes which are covered by scales, allowing them to differentiate between light and dark spaces but preventing them from seeing full images. Heather Brady, National Geographic, "Watch a Snake Stuck in the Nose of Another Snake," 20 Sep. 2017 The smaller snake inside the cobra’s nostril is likely a blind worm snake. Heather Brady, National Geographic, "Watch a Snake Stuck in the Nose of Another Snake," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of worm snake

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Worm snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worm%20snake. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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