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noun
a large, harmless rat snake, Elaphe guttata guttata, of the southeastern U.S., having yellow, tan, or gray scales with dark-red blotches: once common in cornfields but now an endangered species.

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Also called red rat snake.

Origin of corn snake

An Americanism dating back to 1670–80
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