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Tuesday, January 01, 2019 03:03 PM

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Arizona Fire Department Warns Pool Noodles To Be Wary Of Snakes In Them

 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.