Definition of keelback in English:

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keelback

Pronunciation: /ˈkiːlbak/

noun

A harmless Australian snake which lives close to water, where it feeds exclusively on frogs and the cane toad, whose venom it is immune to.
  • Amphiesma mairii, family Colubridae.
Example sentences
  • The narrow bands of speckled scales which adorn the body and tail are also a typical keelback pattern.
  • The keelbacks living in fields are gentle little snakes.
  • We recommend that the red-necked keelback be considered a dangerous animal and the public be discouraged from keeping it as a pet.

Origin

So named because each scale on the back has a keel.

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