Hoop Snakes

I debated whether or not to include this. After about five minutes, I figured why not. Hoop snakes are not only legends in Indiana, but in many parts of the United States and Australia. According to Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), the elusive snake has the unique ability to "curve itself into a hoop, taking its tail into its mouth, and rolls along with great velocity." There have been claims from hunters and farmers of being bowled over by this great creature and seeing it disappear soon afterwards.

The hoop snake is even mentioned in a letter from 1784 (published in Tour in the U. S. A., Vol. I, p. 263-65. London): “ As other serpents crawl upon their bellies, so can this; but he has another method of moving peculiar to his own species, which he always adopts when he is in eager pursuit of his prey; he throws himself into a circle, running rapidly around, advancing like a hoop, with his tail arising and pointed forward in the circle, by which he is always in the ready position of striking. It is observed that they only make use of this method in attacking; for when they fly from their enemy they go upon their bellies, like other serpents. From the above circumstance, peculiar to themselves, they have also derived the appellation of hoop snakes. - Karl Patterson Schmidt. "The Hoop Snake Story". http://www.naturalhistorymag.com/editors_pick/1925_01-02_pick.html. Rumor has it that there was a $10,000 reward in trust at a New York bank for the first person to provide evidence of a hoop snake. - Ford, Joe, Haunts to Hookers., from the chapter "Snakes: Fact or Fable", pgs. 80-84.

To this day, no hoop snake has ever been captured or even proven to exist.