An Arizona fire department warns pool noodle users to beware; there
could be a snake in it.
The City of Buckeye Fire Department posted the warning Saturday on
Facebook. Two noodles, left upright near a pool for storage, were
grabbed and taken back into the pool, and "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," the fire department wrote.
Although rattlesnakes do not lay eggs, the fire department said other
snakes may do so inside pool noodles. They said that if you see a snake,
the most important thing to do is remain calm.
"One of the worst things you can do when coming across a rattlesnake is
to start panicking," the fire department wrote. "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 hear a rattlesnake's rattle, you've already startled it. The fire
department warns that instead of running away, just stay still in hopes
the snake will slither away.