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Hoop Snakes

Updated on January 1, 2013

The Legendary Hoop Snake

They Do Exist!

The scientific community has not accepted hoop snakes as being real. (See here.)

Tell that to Mrs. Smith, who for reasons of anonymity has been given a fictitious name. She is a real person with whom the writer is acquainted, and I interviewed her at length about her strange experience, which happened in 2003.

"I was walking down the trail to throw away some potato peels," said Mrs. Smith. "I heard an unusual noise and looked up to see what it was."

"What sort of noise?" I asked.

"Not rustling. Not like a bird or a bee. It was a wisping sound. Very soft. When I looked up I saw what appeared to be a circle like a small wagon wheel rolling toward me down the hill. Not on the trail, but beside it. It was dark in color. I stood still to try and find out what it was rolling down the hill. Then I hurried toward the house to get my camera. When I got to the top of the trail, it got to the spot where I'd dropped my potato peels, and the wheel fell apart. It fell into an uneven line on the ground like a lumpy broken stick.

"I stood very still and stared at it. It now became apparent that it was a snake. It raised its head a few inches off the ground and stared back at me. Then it began waving its tail..."

"Like a rattle?" I said.

"No, not like a rattle. It waved its whole tail back and forth in a slow motion, keeping rhythm, and its head waved opposite the way the tail waved, back and forth, back and forth. I stood very still to see if it would chase me. It kept up its motion for a few minutes, then turned into a giant U shape and slithered off into the woods."

"What color was it?" I asked.

"Dark gray, for what I could see in the shadows of the trees around."

"How long was it?" I asked.

Mrs. Smith thought a minute. "I guess it was about 4 feet long," she said thoughtfully. "I never dumped potato peels in that spot again!" she added.

So there you have it. Hoop snakes do exist! They cannot be proven not to exist, because true science is observation, and no human being can observe every place on earth simultaneously. This is taught in junior high science courses--sea monsters and other oddities are unlikely, but cannot be scientifically disproven. Logically speaking, why would so many people report sightings--people who'd never talked to each other, and so could not have planted the thought in one another's minds? Until this incident, Mrs. Smith had never even heard of a hoop snake. I did some research after she told me the story, and discovered that people have been seeing them in North America for hundreds of years, yet no one has ever snapped a photo of one or captured one. Maybe they are just too sly for us. Maybe they are a snake we already know about, with a habit we don't already know about. Whatever they are, they're out there, so keep your camera handy!

Author's Note

For those interested in trying to spot an actual hoop snake, Mrs. Smith's sighting occurred in the Missouri Ozarks.

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      Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Thanks for the comment, Phillbert. If you see one, get a photograph!

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 5 years ago from The Ozarks

      Wow! Very interesting read! I live in the Missouri Ozarks! I hope I get to see one!

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      Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Hi Jeffry! Glad you could stop by and share your experience.

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      guset 5 years ago

      my real name is jeffery but im a gusest on this hub so u know!

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      gusest 5 years ago

      i have seen a hoop snake! it didnt roll like one but it fited this discription i poked it with a stick and it slid into the brush by my creek

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      Alexander Silvius 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      You never know... Fascinating. Since I believe there are still "dinosaurs" (dragons) around, why not hoop snakes? Interesting hub.

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      Silver Poet 7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Seeker: truth really is stranger than fiction. Mrs. Smith is someone who is not known to make things up. I believe she saw what she saw.

      Wayne: I believe Nessie is actually a Plesiosaurus that survived Noah's flood because of its aptitude for living in water.

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      I say you'll probably have to put this one in the lake with the Nessie, Lad! LOL! Just to be sure though, I'll keep my eyes peeled the next time I go to dump my potato peels! WB

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      Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Fascinating hub!

      And as they say, truth is stranger than fiction. Think there is a lot of stuff going on, on this planet that we don't know about.