Definition of Rat snake
1. Noun. Any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating snakes of North America and Asia.
Specialized synonyms: Corn Snake, Elaphe Guttata, Red Rat Snake, Black Rat Snake, Blacksnake, Elaphe Obsoleta, Mountain Blacksnake, Pilot Blacksnake, Chicken Snake, Indian Rat Snake, Ptyas Mucosus
Lexicographical Neighbors of Rat Snake
Literary usage of Rat snake
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Village Folk-tales of Ceylon by Henry Parker (1914)
"Because, through the act of his eating the White Rat-snake's head they were unable to 1 Hatara-maha Lula. I am doubtful regarding the meaning of maha ..."
2. Snakes: Curiosities and Wonders of Serpent Life by Catherine Cooper Hopley (1882)
"A South American rat snake ... but the keeper was on the watch, and administered a little practical reproof which made the rat snake loosen his hold. ..."
3. Ceylon, the Paradise of Adam: The Record of Seven Years' Residence in the Island by Caroline Corner (1908)
"It wasn'ta cobra : only a rat-snake, from what I saw of it. ... A rummy sort of rat- snake then." It was a lieutenant who talked— he always did. ..."