house snake

house snake

noun
1.
any African snake of the genus Boaedon, some species of which are important mouse and rat catchers in areas of human habitation.

Origin:
1735–45

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house snake

any of several nonvenomous snake species that live in or around dwellings. In the United States this name is often given to the milk snake (see king snake).

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