According to varied folklore, hoop snakes have been reported since colonial times in North America. This snake grasps its tail in its mouth and rolls after its prey, thereby achieving great speed, especially when going downhill. At the tip of its tail is a highly venomous stinger. The snake straightens out at the last second, skewering its victim with its venomous tail. The only escape is to hide behind a tree, which receives the deadly blow instead and promptly dies from the poison. It looks somewhat like the Ouroboros of Greek mythology, or Tsuchinoko, a legendary fat snake that can roll like a wheel, in Japan.