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noun
any of several New and Old World colubrid snakes, of the genus Elaphe, that feed chiefly on small mammals and birds.

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Also called house snake.

Origin of rat snake

First recorded in 1855–60
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rat snake

noun
any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating colubrid snakes, such as Elaphe obsoleta of North America and Ptyas mucosus of Asia
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