garter snake


Definition of garter snake

: any of a genus (Thamnophis) of harmless viviparous American snakes with longitudinal stripes on the back

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One example: garter snakes, who engage in massive, tangled orgies so exhausting the males age faster and die sooner. Kelly Murray, CNN, "These Aussie marsupials are having so much sex they are literally killing themselves," 15 May 2018 Researchers identified no species immune to the fungal disease, found already in wild species such as garter snakes, milk snakes and vipers in the eastern United States, as well as three species in Europe. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "'Worst-case scenario': Deadly snake fungus threatens species across the world," 21 Dec. 2017 Responding to a call about a snake that became tangled in garden mesh netting, an officer removed the garter snake and released it to the wild. Washington Post, "Fairfax County Animal Watch," 5 Sep. 2017 Common garter snakes, for example, birth live young, while pythons lay eggs and guard them. National Geographic, "Oh Baby! Which Animal Families Lay Eggs and Live Birth?," 16 Jan. 2016

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1743, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of garter snake

: a harmless American snake that has stripes along its back

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Kids Definition of garter snake

: any of numerous harmless American snakes with stripes along the back

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