Meaning of garter snake

gar'ter snake"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of numerous harmless snakes of the genus Thamnophis, common in North and Central America, ranging in size from 14 to 30 in. (36 to 76 cm) and typically having three longitudinal stripes on the back.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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