Hot Foots are incredibly difficult to kill as only a Hammer Bros. Hammer can do the job and their incredibly small size makes that an unwieldy proposition. They behave like Boos in that when you look at them they stop moving. It’s as if they want you to believe they aren’t alive. The fire snake is much easier to kill and as a shell, star, or tail-whip will do them in. Usually with fire based baddies you can’t do some of those so the fire snake seems much more intimidating that it is. The real danger with the fire snake is that their bouncing motions make it hard to plan an attack like a tail-whip successfully.