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In the grass, relative of the rat and the skunk? (5)


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'the skunk?' is the definition.

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(Other definitions for snake that I've seen before include "Long slender reptile" , "Serpent" , "Entertainer with music and reptiles" , "Slithering reptile" , "Chinese zodiac animal" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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