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rat snake

Syllabification: rat snake

Definition of rat snake in English:

noun

A harmless constricting snake that feeds on rats and other small mammals.
  • Several genera and species in the family Colubridae: genus Elaphe of America, in particular E. obsoleta, and genera Ptyas and Argyrogena of Asia (also called racer), in particular P. mucosus
Example sentences
  • Only last week a boa constrictor and rat snake were found on a golf course near Accrington.
  • A climbing snake, such as a rat snake, will hold itself on a stick.
  • At the end of the demonstration, the handler comes out of the cage with a rat snake in hand.

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