"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 (P3)
Snaketail (P3).elder
Current: ShadowClan[1]
Apprentice(s): Scorchfur[1]
Book Appearances
Living: Battles of the Clans, Eclipse, Long Shadows, Sunrise, Hollyleaf's Story, The Fourth Apprentice, Fading Echoes, Mistystar's Omen, Night Whispers, Sign of the Moon, The Forgotten Warrior, The Last Hope, Dovewing's Silence, Bramblestar's Storm

Snaketail is a dark brown tom with a tabby-striped tail[2] and a gray-flecked chin.[3]


In the Super Edition Arc

Bramblestar's Storm

Snaketail does not formally appear in Bramblestar's Storm, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Power of Three Arc


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.

Long Shadows

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.


Snaketail does not formally appear in Sunrise, but is listed in the allegiances.

In the Omen of the Stars Arc

The Fourth Apprentice

Snaketail does not formally appear in The Fourth Apprentice, but is listed in the allegiances. He is now an elder.

Fading Echoes

Snaketail does not formally appear in Fading Echoes, but is listed in the allegiances.

Night Whispers

Snaketail is seen grieving for Russetfur along with Tallpoppy, Whitewater, and Cedarheart.

Sign of the Moon

Snaketail does not formally appear in Sign of the Moon, but is listed in the allegiances.

The Forgotten Warrior

Snaketail does not formally appear in The Forgotten Warrior, but is listed in the allegiances.

The Last Hope

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 Guide Arc

Battles of the Clans

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

Ultimate Leader Election: Firestar

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.

In the Novellas

Hollyleaf's Story

Snaketail does not formally appear in Hollyleaf's Story, but is listed in the allegiances.

Mistystar's Omen

Snaketail does not formally appear in Mistystar's Omen, but is listed in the allegiances.

Dovewing's Silence

Snaketail does not formally appear in Dovewing's Silence, but is listed in the allegiances.

Character Pixels

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Scorchpaw: "Who is he?"
Snaketail: "Not a Clan cat, that's for sure."
—Snaketail and Scorchpaw talking about Sol Eclipse, page 273

"Many hard-won skills and memories have died with our Clanmate."
—Snaketail about Russetfur Night Whispers, page 57

References and Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Revealed in Eclipse, allegiances
  2. 2.0 2.1 Revealed in The Fourth Apprentice, allegiances
  3. Revealed in Night Whispers, page 57

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