Snaketail was a tiny rat in Syzran's Horde. He had a high-pitched voice and was afraid of a lot of things, especially Voskriss and his monitors. He was often bullied by Gritsnout. He was eventually captured by the Redwallers, but became friends with them and wandered off to settle for a life of peace in Mossflower Woods, which was unusual for vermin. Snaketail also attended the Jubilee Feast and changed his name to Shinetail because he had started bathing, so he "shined".