One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of slender tropical burrowing snakes.
a South American snake marked with bold red and black stripes (Anilius scytale, the only member of the family Aniliidae).
an Asian snake which displays its bright under-tail coloration when alarmed (genus Cylindrophis, family Uropeltidae).
- ‘The non-venomous South American pipe snake is another species said to mimic the coral snake.’
- ‘Pipe snakes have cylindrical bodies with little heads, no real neck, small eyes and very short tails.’
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