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garter snake

noun
1.
any of numerous harmless snakes of the genus Thamnophis, common in North and Central America, ranging in size from 14 to 30 inches (36 to 76 cm) and typically having three longitudinal stripes on the back.
Origin of garter snake
1760-1770
1760-70, Americanism
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  • It was black and had a yellow stripe in it like unto one of those yellow stripes the garter-snake wears on his back.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • Did you ever see a lot of boys going home from school, when a garter-snake, or any other harmless serpent, crosses their path?

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
  • He don't never go to school hardly 'thout a garter-snake or two or a lizard or a toad-frog somewheres about him.

    Sonny, A Christmas Guest Ruth McEnery Stuart
British Dictionary definitions for garter-snake

garter snake

noun
1.
any nonvenomous North American colubrid snake of the genus Thamnophis, typically marked with longitudinal stripes
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