garter snake


  • Dissection of the garter snake
    Dissection of the garter snake
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n garter snake any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped viviparous North American and Central American snakes
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A garter snake A garter snake

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Garter snake etc. See under Blind Garter, etc.
    • Garter snake (Zoöl) one of several harmless American snakes of the genus Eutænia, of several species (esp. E. saurita and E. sirtalis); one of the striped snakes; -- so called from its conspicuous stripes of color.
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In literature:

It was only a harmless little garter snake, but she was so surprised.
"Laddie" by Gene Stratton Porter
There are also great numbers of snakes resembling our garter-snakes in appearance, and like them not poisonous.
"First Across the Continent" by Noah Brooks
I should think garter-snakes would do all right, if you could catch enough of them, but they 're so awfully scarce.
"Back Home" by Eugene Wood
The fierce animals are all killed, and I have not seen a single serpent, except a garter snake, that is as harmless as a tow string.
"Married Life; Its Shadows and Sunshine" by T. S. Arthur
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" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
You had a garter snake in the bed last time I slept with you.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
All other kinds, such as black snakes, milk snakes and garter snakes can never harm a person.
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
I suppose you may encounter a garter snake or two, but you don't mind them, Molly.
"Three Little Cousins" by Amy E. Blanchard
I've seen you let a little green garter snake wind around your wrist like a bracelet.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
The garter and ring-necked snakes wear Eve's wedding-ring as a collar.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low

In poetry:

A chipmunk, or a sudden-whirring quail,
Is startled by my step as on I fare--
A garter-snake across the dusty trail
Glances and--is not there.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Because we have an open field and a seep ditch behind us, we get some unwelcome critters on our property -- mainly mice and garter snakes.
Our new official state reptile, the common garter snake, takes note of his newly elevated stature.
DNR poised to remove Butler's garter snake from protected list.
Acting tough may work for Clint Eastwood, but for male garter snakes acting girly is the path to success, says Oregon State University zoologist Robert Mason.
The barn owl, pygmy snaketail dragonfly and Butler's garter snake could be among the species removed from Wisconsin's endangered list.
Eastern garter snake spotted Dec 8 near the North Central Rail Trail near Bee Tree Run, in Freedland, Md.
Last fall when working in my yard an Eastern Garter Snake decided to pass through my herb garden.
Give a male garter snake a taste of estrogen and watch out, as the hormone turns these lads into the sexiest thing on the block, attracting dozens of other males eager to mate .
Here's how it works: For the red-sided garter snake, picking up a mate takes but a second and a flick of the tongue.
The slugs will crawl under the "trap" to protect themselves from the heat of the day, also encouraging the slug 's natural enemies such as the toad, garter snake, and predacious ground beetles.
In the past, the garter snakes, who eat all the slugs they find, have been keeping the slug population pretty much under control, but now there are few garter snakes so more slugs .
I don't even care if they're harmless (and actually beneficial) garter snakes .