corn-snake

corn snake

noun
a large, harmless rat snake, Elaphe guttata guttata, of the southeastern U.S., having yellow, tan, or gray scales with dark-red blotches: once common in cornfields but now an endangered species.
Also called red rat snake.


Origin:
1670–80, Americanism

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