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garter snake

any of numerous harmless snakes of the genus Thamnophis, common in North and Central America, ranging in size from 14 to 30 inches (36 to 76 cm) and typically having three longitudinal stripes on the back.
Origin of garter snake
An Americanism dating back to 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You had a garter snake in the bed last time I slept with you.

    Homeburg Memories George Helgesen Fitch
  • The garter snake wriggled with surprise and cried, "Really?"

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Effect of temperature on development of scutulation in the garter snake, Thamnophis elegans atratus.

  • He put something small on the table, much in the manner of a young boy dropping a garter snake in the midst of school girls.

    No Moving Parts Murray F. Yaco
  • There is no easily distinguished characteristic that would enable a boy, at a glance, to tell a garter snake.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • Geographic variation in the garter snake, Thamnophis cyrtopsis.

  • Only a few days later my little boy called me to the garden to see a black snake in the act of swallowing a garter snake.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Fitch described a rassenkreis with overlapping subspecies in the garter snake Thamnophis ordinoides.

  • "That's just what he was doing," said a voice beside them, as a garter snake drew himself through the grass.

    Among the Night People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • The garter snake sheds its skin at least once a year, sometimes oftener.

British Dictionary definitions for garter snake

garter snake

any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Thamnophis, typically marked with longitudinal stripes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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