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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Recent Examples on the Web That’s because the newts (Taricha granulosa) are engaged in an evolutionary arms race with one of their primary predators—the common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis). Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Toxic Newts Use Bacteria to Become Deadly Prey," 23 Apr. 2020 And there’s the children’s pet garter snake, which had somehow gotten loose a year before. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Real-Estate Agents Take a Walk on the Wild Side," 4 Mar. 2020 Twenty feet below, a dead garter snake lie bloated in a mud bath, attracting flies in a macabre welcome. Carson Vaughan, Outside Online, "Blood. Bruises. Cow Pies. Our Anniversary on the "Divorce River"," 27 Jan. 2020 With her own money, Vicki purchased a little garter snake. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Grandma’s fear of teen’s pet snake causes a family uproar," 23 Nov. 2019 With her own money, Vicki purchased a little garter snake. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Grandma won’t visit anymore due to teen’s pet snake," 23 Nov. 2019 The work reopened 10 miles of the upper watershed to salmon and steelhead and restored marsh habitat for the San Francisco garter snake, California red-legged frog and tidewater goby. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Restoring a San Mateo County creek to keep new generations of fish thriving," 5 Nov. 2019 There were the 2,000 or so box turtles let loose on South Michigan Avenue — allegedly on the orders of a petulant Al Capone — as well as a humble garter snake that subdued an escaped gorilla at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago alligator joins a long line of local reptiles that have stirred up trouble. Here are some of the most famous.," 16 July 2019 And then, in a flash of inspiration, Bushman’s keeper sent for a harmless 2-foot garter snake. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago alligator joins a long line of local reptiles that have stirred up trouble. Here are some of the most famous.," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of garter snake

1743, in the meaning defined above

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“Garter snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/garter%20snake. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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garter snake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of garter snake

: a harmless American snake that has stripes along its back

garter snake

noun

Kids Definition of garter snake

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

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