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king snake

or king·snake  (kĭng′snāk′)
Any of various nonvenomous constricting New World snakes of the genus Lampropeltis, having a black or brown body with white, yellow, or reddish markings and feeding principally on rodents.
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king snake



(Animals) any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Lampropeltis, feeding on other snakes, small mammals, etc
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king′ snake`

or king′snake`,

any of several harmless New World snakes of the genus Lampropeltis, that often feed on other snakes.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.king snake - any of numerous nonvenomous North American constrictorsking snake - any of numerous nonvenomous North American constrictors; feed on other snakes and small mammals
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
genus Lampropeltis, Lampropeltis - king snakes and milk snakes
common kingsnake, Lampropeltis getulus - widespread in United States except northern regions; black or brown with yellow bands
checkered adder, house snake, Lampropeltis triangulum, milk adder, milk snake - nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow-shaped occipital spot; southeastern ones have red stripes like coral snakes
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He lost no time knocking it to the ground where he then saw it was only the similarly colored, but harmless scarlet king snake. Regardless, his heart rate was up for another minute or so!
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