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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
1760-1770
1760-70, Americanism
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garter snake

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