any of several New World constrictors of the genus Lampropeltis, that often feed on other snakes.
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How to use king snake in a sentence
Well, he's harmless, I think—a king-snake, if I am not mistaken.Quick Action | Robert W. Chambers
One day several people were able to observe a king snake swallow a slightly smaller rattler.
The king snake (Lampropeltis getulus) is notorious for ophiphagy, and doubtless preys upon the racer at times.Natural History of the Racer Coluber constrictor | Henry S. Fitch
Loomis recorded in his field notes that a juvenal blotched king snake (L. calligaster) 310 mm.Life History and Ecology of the Five-lined Skink, Eumeces fasciatus | Henry S. Fitch
The king-snake should be protected in regions infested by "rattlers."Elementary Zoology, Second Edition | Vernon L. Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for king snake
any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Lampropeltis, feeding on other snakes, small mammals, etc
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