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chicken snake

  1. a striped rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta, of the southeastern U.S., reaching a length of 4 to 7 feet (1.2 to 2.1 meter).
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Origin of chicken snake

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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  • She went to the cage, and found a chicken-snake twined in and out of the wires.

    Harper's Young People, June 14, 1881