If you have a pool in your yard, there might be a hidden danger that you had never considered before. This official warning comes from the city of Buckeye fire department. They issued what is known as a “pool noodle alert” on Facebook. This happened after a family in Buckeye, Arizona shared a very frightening story.
The fire department had the following to say: “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.”
It was fortunate that none of the family members got hurt. The rattlesnakes did not bite but there were a few the young rattlesnakes still hiding on the inside of the pool.
“After some research, we found that there have been reports of snakes… actually laying their eggs inside the pool noodle itself or around pool noodles that have been left outdoors near bushes or block fences.” It was later clarified the rattlesnakes don’t lay eggs so those incidents must have involved a different type of snake. The baby rattlesnakes in the more serious issue probably went inside of the tube on their own. It is also possible that the mother snake gave birth to them inside of the tube.
The warning post went on to say: “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.”
There were also a number of tips involving how to deal with snakes. Perhaps the most important is not to get too close and to walk away slowly so you don’t frighten it. Rattlesnakes have the potential for coiling and striking over a long distance. Don’t get too close.
If you hear the rattling sound either inside or around a pool noodle, it’s a good bet that a snake is nearby. Stand still, don’t run away and the snake will likely stop rattling and go off on its own. It just needs time for the situation the calm 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.”
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Although it was a frightening experience for this one family, it has helped to alert many other families about the potential danger. There have been hundreds of shares of the warning put out by the fire department so other pool owners can realize that there is danger lurking in a seemingly innocent location.