Definition of gopher snake in English:

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gopher snake


1A large harmless yellowish-cream snake with darker markings, native to western North America.
  • Pituophis catenifer, family Colubridae.
Example sentences
  • The poles of the Earth are not plumb either, just like the chalk stars in constellation over a gopher snake.
  • The next a big gopher snake, fat with spring voles, suns itself on the mown grass.
  • In Paradise Valley we found such a place where we could exchange the unctuous reptiles of Hollywood for far less pretentious alligator lizards and gopher snakes.
1.1 (also blue gopher snake) another term for indigo snake.
Example sentences
  • In the wild it often inhabits gopher burrows, hence the common names gopher snake or blue gopher snake.
  • Because it seeks refuge in gopher tortoise burrows, along with diamondback rattlesnakes and many other organisms, in some parts of Florida the indigo is called the 'gopher snake'.

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Syllabification: go·pher snake

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