chicken snake


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chicken snake

n.
Any of several snakes that prey on or have the reputation of preying on poultry and eggs, especially a rat snake.

rat′ snake`


n.
any of several harmless New and Old World snakes, of the genus Elaphe, that feed chiefly on small mammals and birds. Also called chicken snake.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chicken snake - large North American snake
rat snake - any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating snakes of North America and Asia
Elaphe, genus Elaphe - North American rat snakes
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The other predator that deserves mentioning is the chicken snake (a common name for rat snakes).
One day Johnny's mama, having two such fine officers on the place, asked them to go down to the hen house and rout out the chicken snake that had been doing some damage there.
Sometimes called the chicken snake, rat snakes vary in color from black to dark-mottled gray in the Northeast), to yellow with dark stripes (in the Southeast) to chocolate-patterned rusty brown (in Texas).