worm snake

worm snake

noun
1.
any of several small, wormlike snakes, especially Carphophis amoenus, of the eastern and central U.S.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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worm snake

any of various harmless burrowing snakes of wormlike appearance. This name is often given to blind snakes of the family Typhlopidae. The American worm snake (Carphophis amoena), of the eastern United States, of the family Colubridae, is brown or blackish, with a pink belly. Adults usually are less than 25 cm (10 inches) long. The Oriental worm snakes of the genus Trachischium resemble the American species

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