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corn snake

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Definition of corn snake in English:

noun

A long North American rat snake with a spear-shaped mark between the eyes.
  • Elaphe guttata, family Colubridae
Example sentences
  • On the way to the second level the stairs are lined with some excellent live displays; a huge green iguana, some very curious and playful red-cheeked turtles and, for snake lovers, an American corn snake and a reticulated python.
  • At the San Diego Zoo a two-headed corn snake named Thelma and Louise produced 15 normal offspring before it died.
  • The couple rang the RSPCA and one of its officers identified the reptile as a corn snake which, although not poisonous, could have inflicted a nasty bite. She then took it away to be rehomed.

Origin

late 17th century: so named because often found in cornfields.

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