Definition of King snake
1. Noun. Any of numerous nonvenomous North American constrictors; feed on other snakes and small mammals.
Generic synonyms: Colubrid, Colubrid Snake
Group relationships: Genus Lampropeltis, Lampropeltis
Specialized synonyms: Common Kingsnake, Lampropeltis Getulus, Checkered Adder, House Snake, Lampropeltis Triangulum, Milk Adder, Milk Snake
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Literary usage of King snake
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1. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science by Kansas Academy of Science (1922)
"Being satisfied, king snake then immediately came on shore and stretched ... He then took out his bow and arrows and went near king snake and shot him in ..."
2. The Days of a Man: Being Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher, and Minor by David Starr Jordan (1922)
"The vicious Coral Snake, brilliant red belted with black, is colored almost exactly like the handsome and beneficent king snake of the Sierra Nevada ..."
3. The Reptile Book: A Comprehensive, Popularised Work on the Structure and by Raymond Lee Ditmars (1907)
"It is from this fighting disposition among serpents, that the king snake has acquired ... This is not true for the king snake takes no more interest in the ..."
4. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"The scarlet king-snake or " coral-snake " is a small variety about a foot long. ... The common king-snake or chain-snake is a heavy-bodied constrictor of ..."
5. A Revision of the King Snakes: Genus Lampropeltis by Frank Nelson Blanchard (1921)
"When their prey is large enough to struggle effectively, the king snake coils about it in true constrictor style, but if it is small or dead it may swallow ..."
6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"KING SALMON, or QUINNAT, the king snake, a large colubrine snake of the southern part of the ... is red with black bands, and called the red king snake. ..."
7. The Poughkeepsie Casket by Egbert B. Killey, Benson John Lossing (1839)
"There is a species of snake commonly called in the southern slates the 'King Snake,' perhaps because he is the most formidable enemy of the rattlesnake. ..."