rat snake

rat snake

noun
any of several New and Old World colubrid snakes, of the genus Elaphe, that feed chiefly on small mammals and birds.
Also called house snake.


Origin:
1855–60

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rat snake
 
n
any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating colubrid snakes, such as Elaphe obsoleta of North America and Ptyas mucosus of Asia

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