A very rare but very dangerous snake which roams the wild areas of the American West and the Midwest. Aside from its insanely deadly poison (a single drop killed off the passenger pigeon and carved the Grand Canyon), the hoop snake is best known for its unusual method of locomotion. The snake rolls itself into a circle, grabs its tail in its mouth, and rolls after its prey, just like a hula hoop rolling down a hill. When it really gets going, the hoop snake can travel almost 20 miles an hour this way, which is more than fast enough to catch a human on foot.

Luckily, the hoop snake's venom is so poisonous that it can accidentally kill itself if it bites down too hard on its tail. So the easiest way to dispatch the hoop snake is to start shouting out as many bad jokes and puns as you can; when it starts laughing, it will either let go of its tail and flop over all non-hooplike, or it will bite itself and conveniently expire.

There was some effort a few years ago to get the hoop snake put on the Endangered Species list, but it kept biting the biologists and folklorists and Congressmen who came to study it.

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