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Pilot snake

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pilot snake (Zoöl) A large North American snake (Coluber obsoleus). It is lustrous black, with white edges to some of the scales. Called also mountain black snake.
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Usage

In literature:

It was too dangerous for the seamen to face the breakers again, so the pilot sang out to them to go to Snake Island.
"The Book of the Bush" by George Dunderdale
It had been Wass' pilot in the flitter which snaked them from the river islet where the monsters had besieged them.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
The Pilot Black Snake or Mountain Black Snake is often taken for the Common Black Snake.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
Most often pilot black snakes have attempted to escape into crevices of the outcrop.
"Ecological Observations on the Woodrat, Neotoma floridana" by Henry S. Fitch
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In news:

Snake on a plane compels Aussie pilot to turn back .
An airline executive says a pilot on a cargo run found a snake loose in his light plane and turned back to his north Australian base.
Australian pilot turns back due to snake in cockpit .
An Australian pilot said he was forced to make a harrowing landing reminiscent of a Hollywood thriller after a snake popped out from behind his dashboard and slithered across his leg during a solo cargo flight.
An Egypt Air pilot on a Kuwait-bound flight from Cairo was forced to make an emergency landing in Egypt after a passenger was bitten by a snake as other terrified passengers looked on, an airline official told The Jordan Times.
Making a maneuver Russian pilots called the "snake," he descended and pulled behind the intruder.
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