hoop-snake

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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