|"We listen because Sol talks sense. He knows what to do to give ShadowClan a better life for the future. Maybe if ThunderClan listened they would be able to fight their own battles. Maybe that's why the sun vanished, to tell us that the time of the Clans is over, and cats have to work out how to live on their own."|
|— Snaketail in Long Shadows, page 16|
Snaketail was a ShadowClan warrior under Blackstar's leadership in the lake territories. He mentored Scorchfur and fought in the battle against the Clans. Snaketail retired as an elder but fought in the Great Battle.
- 1 History
- 2 Character pixels
- 3 Appearances
- 4 Trivia
- 5 External links
- 6 Notes and references
In the Power of Three arc
- Scorchpaw: "Who is he?"
- Snaketail: "Not a Clan cat, that's for sure."
- Eclipse, page 273
- Snaketail is a ShadowClan warrior. Snaketail and his apprentice, Scorchpaw, help Hollypaw fight off a RiverClan tom during the battle against WindClan and RiverClan. Snaketail is in the ShadowClan camp when Russetfur and her patrol bringing Lionpaw, Hollypaw, Jaypaw, and Sol back to the camp to speak to Blackstar. Snaketail is seen sitting with Scorchpaw, and they both stop eating a mouse to stare at Sol in shock.
- Snaketail goes on a patrol with Ivytail and Scorchpaw when Hazeltail chases a squirrel near the ShadowClan border. Snaketail retorts that it's typical of ThunderClan to think every Clan is their friend. The ShadowClan patrol shows hostility toward Hazeltail and Hollyleaf. Brambleclaw, Birchfall, and Sandstorm show up and Snaketail explains what has happened to them.
- Later, Snaketail shows his support for Sol by saying that Sol knows how to make a better future for ShadowClan and that ThunderClan shouldn't be so cowardly. Birchfall is enraged by this and attacks Snaketail. Scorchpaw and Hazeltail jump into the fray and Hollyleaf screeches at them to stop fighting. The fighting ends and the two patrols part ways.
In the Omen of the Stars arc
- Snaketail has retired to the elders' den, and his former apprentice is now a warrior named Scorchfur.
- "Many hard-won skills and memories have died with our Clanmate."
- ―Snaketail about Russetfur Night Whispers, page 57
- Snaketail is seen when ShadowClan's camp has been overrun being attacked by Dark Forest cats. Lionblaze is shocked to see him fighting because he's an elder, but doesn't want to get distracted by skirmishes and carries on to help Blackstar. Smokefoot calls to his Clanmates saying that the dark brown tom needs help.
In the Field Guides
- At a Gathering, Snaketail is pointed out by Dapplenose, along with his Clanmates Tallpoppy and Cedarheart. It is implied that he and his Clanmates make rude faces at the reader. Snaketail doesn't believe Dapplenose when she says she could run faster than all of the ShadowClan cats back when they were all warriors.
- When Pouncetail tells the story of the great battle in ThunderClan territory, he mentions how Snaketail was one of the cats that RiverClan warriors ambushed in the Twoleg nest. Snaketail was attacked by Reedwhisker and hit his head on a lump of stone, allowing Reedwhisker to pin him down. He fled afterwards with his Clanmates.
In the Short stories and plays
- Snaketail asks if the Clan cats' consciences should not be allied with loyalty to their Clan. He puts in that a full fed Clan is a strong Clan, and that he has no interest in giving a battle advantage to any Clan but his own, to which the RiverClan warrior, Graymist, replies, that he should stop thinking about battles for once in his life.
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- Eclipse (First appearance)
- Long Shadows
- Sunrise (Allegiance only)
- Hollyleaf's Story (Allegiance only)
- The Fourth Apprentice (Allegiance only)
- Mistystar's Omen (Allegiance only)
- Fading Echoes (Allegiance only)
- Night Whispers
- Sign of the Moon (Allegiance only)
- The Forgotten Warrior (Allegiance only)
- The Last Hope
- Dovewing's Silence (Allegiance only)
- Crowfeather's Trial (Allegiance only)
- Bramblestar's Storm (Allegiance only)
- Battles of the Clans
- The Clans Decide
The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.
- In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook, Snaketail and Smokefoot were the kits of Blackstar and Tallpoppy, born in A Dangerous Path. Blackstar also fathered Tallpoppy's second litter, Applefur, Toadfoot and Marshkit. Snaketail was also described with amber eyes and died of old age.
- (Indirect mention only)