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Beware Of Rattlesnakes! Officials Warn About Snake Danger After One Was Found In A Pool Noodle

Date August 8, 2018 18:55

Arizona firefighters have issued a warning: People should be very careful of snakes, especially when it comes to their pool toys. 

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The Buckeye Fire Department posted an alert on Facebook after a family from the area shared their own scary encounter with a reptile.

POOL NOODLE ALERT!!!

This story was passed on by one of our citizens-
Watch where you store your pool noodles when they are not in use. Apparently, 2 pool noodles were left outside of the pool up against their cinderblock wall. The next time they went to use the pool, the pool noodles were picked up and brought to the swimming pool. Out popped a rattlesnake. The snake did not attack, but was concerned about the pool noodles as there were a couple of young rattlesnakes who were still inside the pool noodle..

After some research, we found that there have been reports of snakes (NOT RATTLESNAKES-they do not lay eggs) actually laying their eggs inside the pool noodle itself or around pool noodles that have been left outdoors near bushes or block fences.

According to the social media post, a family had left two pool noodles "outside of the pool up against their cinderblock wall." When they returned to the pool, they picked the toys up, intending to play with them.

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However, they were completely shocked to realize that a small snake had found its way into the noodle hole. It popped out just as they picked up the pool noodle.

Fortunately, the snake did not attack.

The fire department looked into the matter and it turned out this family was not the first to encounter something like that.

In fact, they discovered that some snakes had laid eggs in several pool noodles in the area, and, in most cases, they had gone for noodles that had been left near bushes or block fences.

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Apart from calling everyone's attention to this issue, the firefighters also advised anyone who comes in contact with a rattlesnake to stay calm.

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Panicking will only make things worse, as snakes are likely to attack if they are frightened.

If you come into contact with a rattlesnake, or any other type of snake, stay calm.

One of the worst things you can do when coming across a rattlesnake is to start panicking. Snakes rely on vibrations in the ground to determine where you are. If you start moving fast and abruptly, you’ll only scare the snake more.

If you’ve seen the snake before you came across it, give it a lot of space. You can easily walk around it without frightening it. Just keep in mind that rattlesnakes can coil up and strike at great lengths, so give it as much space as possible.

They also advised that the most crucial thing to do when dealing with a snake is to calmly give it as much space as possible. Walk away without startling the reptile and just focus on keeping your distance.

If the first indication of a rattlesnake’s presence is the sound of its rattle, you’ve already startled it. Instead of running, stay still. Chances are, the snake will stop rattling and slither off after it has calmed down. Humans are much bigger than snakes, so they don’t see any benefit in biting if it doesn’t need to protect itself. They’ll more than likely slither away to safety on their own.

If you have any questions relating to snakes and their behaviors, please contact Rattlesnake Solutions at 480-237-9975. They have some great tips and advice.

Hopefully, more families with pool noodles will understand the danger. Not only should they find a better spot to store their toys, they should also confirm that it is clear of any dangers before playing with them.

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