garter snake


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

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Examples of garter snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the butler's garter snake, which is a special concern species in Wisconsin, has habitats in southern Wisconsin, including in Milwaukee County. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2023 Staring at the wall, Hall soon noticed more garter snakes and screamed. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 In Canada, for example, Goode explains, garter snakes are known to hide out in dens with over 20,000 garter snakes in one spot. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2023 The common garter snake is most populous in Wisconsin, the DNR notes. Christopher Kuhagen, Journal Sentinel, 6 June 2023 Many garter snakes have babies in the summer, so Hall is anxious the problem will worsen. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 10 May 2023 Not all garter snakes develop the tolerance, and researchers have found it’s based on location and exposure to the newts. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 17 Feb. 2023 The homeowner had found a garter snake. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 26 Sep. 2020 For example, a triangulate cobweb spider (which comes from Eurasia and is a close relative of the noble false widow spider) has been observed subduing a garter snake that was 355 times heavier than itself. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of garter snake was in 1743

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“Garter snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

garter snake

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

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