Hoopsnakes are dangerous snakes
native to Australia
. Commonly found in bushland
and the outback
, Hoopsnakes are NOT lethal, but are still dangerous when confronted. Although usually quite timid animals
, Hoopsnakes have been known to chase down and attack animals and humans during their breeding period. If bitten by the Hoopsnake, headaches, vomiting, and temporary blindness and paralysis may occur.
What makes the Hoopsnake different from other snakes
in the world is their ability to to roll, in a way much like a wheel or hula-hoop (hence the name, Hoopsnake). They bite onto their tail, which is very thick and callused, and use their strengthened spines to roll into a circular shape and roll around. Using this method, the Hoopsnake can reach up to 60km/h.
Although lots is known about the Hoopsnakes, they are not not very well known as they should be. They were never featured on any of Steve Irwin
's television programs or his movies, which is quite disappointing. The Hoopsnake is a beautiful
creature which deserves to be known throughout the world.
There is no definite breeding season with Hoopsnakes, as they breed year round. A female Hoopsnake will find a new mate every year. Couples only breed once a year, with the female laying around 10 to 15 eggs in a batch. On average, only 8 survive, due to the Hoopsnake being the main food source of eagles
Hoopsnakes feed on small marsupials such as biblies, mice
, rats and quolls. Baby hoopsnakes often eat crickets and other small insects. Hoopsnakes live around 8 years, and in their life time have been known to grow up to 1.5 metres long. They range from a light, olive green to a darker black in colour, depending on the age. This is why it is extremely difficult to identify the Hoopsnake, because the colours are so different.
Bazza: Mate! Saw a Hoopsnake the other day, almost hit it in me Holden - bloody beautiful creature!
Davo: Bloody oath!