If you needed a good reason to shudder today, here’s one. Firefighters in Buckeye, Arizona have issued an official warning telling all pool owners to be on the lookout for snakes who may have made homes and laid eggs inside of pool noodles that have been left outside for long periods of time. The “pool noodle alert’” comes after one very fortunate family had a brush with one of the extremely venomous creatures.
“Apparently, 2 pool noodles were left outside of the pool up against their cinder block wall. The next time they went to use the pool, the pool noodles were picked up and brought to the swimming pool,” the fire department wrote in a Facebook post before saying that “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.”
Now, it’s only fair to point out, that this isn’t a call to go throw out all of your pool noodles this Summer, for a handful of reasons. The first being that rattlesnakes don’t even lay eggs, so chances are the snakes that slithered out, slithered in on their own too. The second being that Buckeye is one of the more remote cities in Arizona, just because you live in a state that has some snakes doesn’t mean your town will be subject to them crawling into your pool toys. And the third reason is that snakes are friends! To date, there are 600 known species of snake, and only 25 percent of them are poisonous. Whatever kind is noodling about in your backyard is probably harmless.
That being said, the family in question was very lucky that no one was hurt. Rattlesnakes are prone to coiling up which actually makes them look much smaller than they are. When coiled up they can strike from a deceptively long distance as well, so when you see one, keep your distance, or hey, maybe just run the other way.