hoop snake

noun
any of several harmless snakes, as the mud snake and rainbow snake, fabled to take its tail in its mouth and roll along like a hoop.

Origin:
1775–85, Americanism

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hoop snake
 
n
any of various North American snakes, such as the mud snake (Farancia abacura), that were formerly thought to hold the tail in the mouth and roll along like a hoop

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From the hoop snake that sticks its tail into its mouth and rolls after you to snakes that hypnotize their prey.
The hoop snake pounded until he had battered its head all out of shape with his sharp horn.
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