garter snake


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garter snake

n.
Any of various nonvenomous North and Central American snakes of the genus Thamnophis, having longitudinal stripes.

garter snake

n
(Animals) any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Thamnophis, typically marked with longitudinal stripes

gar′ter snake`


n.
any harmless snake of the genus Thamnophis, common in North and Central America, usu. with three longitudinal stripes on the back.
[1760–70, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.garter snake - any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped viviparous North American and Central American snakesgarter snake - any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped viviparous North American and Central American snakes
colubrid, colubrid snake - mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
genus Thamnophis, Thamnophis - garter snakes
common garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis - a garter snake that is widespread in North America
ribbon snake, Thamnophis sauritus - slender yellow-striped North American garter snake; prefers wet places
Thamnophis proximus, Western ribbon snake - yellow- or reddish-striped snake of temperate woodlands and grasslands to tropics
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Wild vines entangled the trees and flaunted in their faces; brambles and briers caught their clothes as they passed; the garter snake glided across their path; the spotted toad hopped and waddled before them; and the restless catbird mewed at them from every thicket.
Three yellow longitudinal lines down an otherwise dark body can indicate garter snake.
Rosenblatt covers a great spectrum of emotion, from the dark reflections of "Viewing a Midday Lunch" -- "In these woods even dreams are eaten by a slim garter snake.
Some species, such as giant garter snake, burrowing owl, and Swainson's hawk, have lost most if not all of their natural habitat and now exist mainly on agricultural lands as a last resort.
That's just a typical day at the office for 32-year-old Natalie Reeder, San Francisco International Airport's wildlife biologist, who helps keep birds far from planes while protecting such threatened species as the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog.
After a couple of years of her backyard show, in which she showcases her five snakes -- Draco the black garter snake, Speckles the albino garter snake, the twin brown checkered garter snakes Tic and Tac, and a pastel ball python named Rose -- she has started to seek local gigs where she can share her extensive knowledge.
They eventually separated and the garter snake lived another day.
Along the way, Sammy asks the ptarmigan and sandhill cranes if they know how to get to Panama, but they are headed to other destinations just like the caribou, monarch butterfly and garter snake.
I bore away the old boards, boat battery, garter snake beheaded by
The western terrestrial garter snake, Thamnophis elegans, presents an ideal system in which to study how predation affects the evolution of life-history traits.
The Plains Garter Snake is common in wet prairies and along ponds, lakes, marshes, and rivers across Nebraska (Ballinger et al.
I stood by with a flat, rusty shovel, ready to wallop any garter snake that tried to wriggle its way up anyone's pant leg.