hoop snake

noun

Definition of hoop snake 

1 chiefly South and Midland : a fabled snake of extremely venomous character that rolls itself up with its tail in its mouth to proceed at great speed in the manner of a hoop and destroys both animal and plant life with a sting in the end of its tail

2 : either of two harmless brightly colored burrowing colubrid snakes chiefly of the southeastern U.S.:

a : a large snake (Farancia abacura) that is blue black above and largely red below and has a sharp nonvenomous spine at the end of its tail

called also horn snake

b : rainbow snake

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