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fox snake

noun
1.
a brown-blotched nonvenomous snake, Elaphe vulpina, of north-central U.S., that vibrates its tail and emits a pungent odor when disturbed.
Origin of fox snake
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; apparently so called from its reddish color
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  • Like the fox snake it will emit an unpleasant odor when caught.

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