Fire Department Warns Pool Owners About Snakes Living Inside Of Pool Noodles

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If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, you probably own the quintessential pool accessories: reclining loungers, beach towels, and of course, pool noodles. But when it comes to the latter, you may want to be a little cautious. Apparently, snakes are making pool noodles their new home, and some pool owners have had pretty close calls lately.

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The City of Buckeye Fire Department in Arizona revealed they responded to a call regarding a local resident finding multiple rattlesnakes in their pool noodles. Yes, rattlesnakes. The homeowners had stored their pool noodles up against the wall next to their pool, and when they went to retrieve one, a rattlesnake popped its head out. Upon closer inspection, there were multiple young rattlesnakes hiding out in the pool noodles.

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Although no one was bitten, Buckeye Fire Department explained they’ve responded to multiple calls about people finding snakes in their pool noodles. Snakes are drawn to the quiet, enclosed space, and you certainly wouldn’t want to be taken by surprise by encountering a venomous species. If you have a pool and pool noodles, there are a few things you can do to prevent this unpleasant situation from happening.

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If you have a pool house or shed, always store your pool accessories inside. Ensure there are no cracks or crevices that snakes can slither through – if there are, seal them up ASAP! If you don’t have a pool shed, an airtight deck box or container is a good alternative. Although encountering rattlesnakes is more of a concern in hot, dry locations, snakes are found in most places around the world, and the inside of a pool noodle is inviting to them. Now that you know these tips, hopefully your swims will be free of snake encounters!