This is just a quick copy and paste to help out a tweeter who was excited about learning something new–always a hot topic for me–had a “Eureka” moment and then became confused.
He thought he had been using the term “garden snake” incorrectly for 21 years when it should have been “garter snake.” Bad intel. Both are correct but “garter snake” is the accepted non-scientific name for a type of relatively harmless snake found throughout North America, usually in gardens which gave rise to the term garden snake.
To CLAIREIFY, here’s the first paragraph from e-HOW article by contributor, Felina Adkins.
The garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) belongs to the collective category of snakes referred to as garden snakes and are normally harmless and non-venomous. Garter snakes are also known as the eastern garter and common garter snake. These reptiles are called garden snakes because they are typically seen in gardens most likely because of the moist soil conditions and food source. Although many people may fear garter snakes, they are actually beneficial in controlling garden pest populations such as slugs.
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