garter snake

noun

Definition of 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 Indeed, child-like wonder often widened the students’ eyes, whether discovering a garter snake curled through the garden fence or the exposed underbelly of a street where workers were replacing lead water pipes. Douglas Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 Like the narrow-headed garter snake, Chiricahua leopard frogs need perennial water to survive. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 The garter snake's bright blue, orange and black markings are considered among the most beautiful in the world. Erica Davies, CBS News, 4 Sep. 2021 But in a grassy area flanked by runways, dense housing and a freeway overhead, Natalie Reeder spends her days combing through brush to make sure endangered species like the San Francisco garter snake are on track to thrive. Erica Davies, CBS News, 4 Sep. 2021 That makes sense because the frogs are one of the garter snake’s favorite snacks. Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 There were also two dogs and a garter snake named Checkers. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Someone tried sealing the intersection between the walkway and the wall with a garter snake. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, 27 Oct. 2020 The good-guy snakes include but aren’t limited to the eastern hognose snake, Texas brown snake, Texas rat snake, rough green snake, garter snake, milk snake, bullsnake, kingsnake, indigo snake, black racer, water snake, blind snake and coachwhip. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 8 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of garter snake

1743, in the meaning defined above

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25 Apr 2022

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“Garter snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garter%20snake. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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garter snake

noun

Kids Definition of garter snake

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

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