from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of a common harmless serpent of the United States, the Coluber or Tropidonotus or Nerodia erythrogaster, having a uniformly copper-colored belly.
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The copperbelly water snake is a rare inhabitant of sloughs, marshes, and low gradient streams in Ecoregion 72.
There are, besides these, a variety of other snakes found here, such as the green, the chicken, the copperbelly, the wampum, the coach-whip and corn snakes; all of which are esteemed harmless creatures.