from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. Any of various nonvenomous snakes of the genus Thamnophis, native to America, with longitudinal stripes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name in the United States of the grass-snakes or ribbon-snakes of the genus Eutænia, harmless and very pretty species of a greenish or brownish color with long yellow stripes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped viviparous North American and Central American snakes


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  • A garter snake is any species of North American snake within the genus Thamnophis. Because of the similarity in sound of the words, combined with where people often see them, they are sometimes called garden snakes or gardner snakes. They are not venomous.

    Garter snakes are common across North America, from Canada to Central America. They are the single most widely distributed species of reptile in North America, and is a common sight in American gardens, giving rise to its "garden snake" nickname. In fact, the common garter snake, T. sirtalis, is the only species of snake to be found in Alaska, and is one of the northernmost species of snake in the world.


    February 19, 2008