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hoop snake

noun
1.
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
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism
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hoop snake

noun
1.
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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