|Place of origin||Earth|
Wake County, North Carolina
Kamloops, British Columbia
|Locomotion||Slithering or rolling in a hoop|
|Subspecies||Ouroboros (possible relative)|
Tsuchinoko (possible relative)
|Behind the Scenes|
A Hoop Snake is a legendary creature appearing in Pecos Bill tall tales, although the creature's history dates back further than these stories. They originate from the United States, Canada and Australia.
The species is notable for being able to grasp its tail in its jaws and roll after its prey like a wheel, making it resemble and potentially be related to the Ouroboros or the Tsuchinoko, which also grasp their tails. Despite this strange locomotive strategy, it can also simply crawl along on its belly like any other serpent, which is used during regular movements and when escaping from foes. The wheel movement is adopted only while in pursuit of its prey, where it will straighten out at the last second in order to skewer its victim with its venomous tail. One can defend against its attack by hiding behind a tree which will cause it to smash into the tree and drive its own venom into itself, leaving it to promptly die from its own poison.
As a cryptidEdit
The Hoop Snake is occasionally reported as a cryptozoological sighting, despite its existence never having been accepted by the scientific community. They are primarily alleged to be seen along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border in the St. Croix River valley as well as in Wake County in North Carolina and in Kamloops, British Columbia.