One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A harmless North American constrictor that is typically strongly marked with red and black on yellow or white. It was formerly supposed to suck milk from sleeping cows.
- ‘They didn't even have an old jaded milk snake lying around the place.’
- ‘Species seen included black rat snake, ribbon snake, milk snake, gray tree frog, green frog, pickerel frog, wood frog, spring peeper, mountain dusky salamander, and the rare and beautiful long-tailed salamander.’
- ‘Ventilation inspector Jim Knowles has dealt with some slippery customers, but nothing could have prepared him for coming face to face with a Mexican milk snake in Tameside.’
- ‘Betting shop boss Liz Lowe would have put money on never seeing a reptile at work, until she came face-to-face with this milk snake apparently guarding the safe at Ladbrokes in Colchester.’
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