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rat snake

or rat·snake (răt′snāk′)
n.
Any of several nonvenomous snakes of the genus Elaphe that eat rats and other rodents.
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rat snake

n
(Animals) any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating colubrid snakes, such as Elaphe obsoleta of North America and Ptyas mucosus of Asia
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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]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rat snake - any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating snakes of North America and Asiarat snake - any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating snakes of North America and Asia
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
corn snake, Elaphe guttata, red rat snake - large harmless snake of southeastern United States; often on farms
black rat snake, blacksnake, Elaphe obsoleta, mountain blacksnake, pilot blacksnake - large harmless shiny black North American snake
chicken snake - large North American snake
Indian rat snake, Ptyas mucosus - enter buildings in pursuit of prey
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