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garter snake,

harmless snakesnake,
common name for an elongated, limbless reptile of the order Squamata, which also includes the xlizards. Most snakes live on the ground, but some are burrowers, arboreal, or aquatic; one group is exclusively marine. In temperate climates they hibernate.
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 of the genus Thamnophis, abundant from Canada to Central America. There are many common species; members of most species are about 2 ft (60 cm) long. Most garter snakes are striped or banded lengthwise, and some are spotted between the stripes. Less aquatic as a group than the related water snakes, they are found near water in dry country and are widely distributed in moist regions. They prey on cold-blooded animals, chiefly frogs, toads, small fish, and earthworms. Females bear live young in large litters, sometimes numbering 50 or more. The common garter snake of the NE United States, Thamnophis sirtalis, varies in color and pattern but is usually blackish or brownish with three yellow stripes. The ribbon snake, T. sauritus, is a very slender garter snake that prefers wet places. Garter snakes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Colubridae.
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Por ejemplo, se tienen registros de los generos Crotalus y Thamnophis, durante todo el Cenozoico (Mioceno, Plioceno y Pleistoceno), mientras que el genero Micrurus solo se ha registrado para el Mioceno y Pleistoceno y Rhadinaea se ha registrado solo para el Pleistoceno (Goyenechea & Castillo-Ceron, 2002).
However, Thamnophis sirtalis (Common Gartersnakes) are not uncommon in Crater Lake National Park and are often found on the lakeshore (elevation approximately [greater than or equal to] 1900 m) as well as in other areas of the park (Farner and Kezer 1953).
1989) Effects of humidity, temperature, and submergence behavior on the survivorship and energy use in hibernating garter snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis.
Evidence for selection on thermoregulation: Effects of temperature on embryo mortality in the garter snake Thamnophis elegans.
After a diet of newts, Thamnophis snakes--natural prey of many raptors--pose a threat to their predators.
We present 20 years of data for multiple populations of the western terrestrial garter snake Thamnophis elegans, a long-lived species with indeterminate growth.
Platenkamp and Shaw (1992) and Brodie (1993) found no significant differences between G matrices of populations of Anthoxanthum odoratum, a grass, and Thamnophis ordinoides, a garter snake, respectively.
You shouldn't have used fancy scientific names like Thamnophis radix.
Like other male vertebrates, the red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis, owes its sex drive to the hormone testosterone.
Population genetic analysis identifies source-sink dynamics for two sympatric garter snake species (Thamnophis elegans and Thamnophis sirtalis).