Inspect Your Pool Noodles This Summer, Snakes May Be Inside
Recently, a story came out of Arizona that may make you think of a Snakes on a Plane scenario, or perhaps Woody from Toy Story when he says, "There's a snake in my boot." Imagine getting ready to jump in the pool with your trusty pool noodle and finding a slithering friend inside. Sounds like the stuff of nightmares for some people.
The story was reported by Delish after a city in Arizona took to social media to warn the public. According to the article, "...[O]ne of the locals stored their pool noodles against the wall...the next time they went to use them, a rattle snake popped out. ...[T]here were a couple of other young rattle snakes in the noodles." Luckily, no one was bit.
The Buckeye Fire Department did the hard work to find out if this is a common issue or a one time deal. Sorry, if you have ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) this isn't a first time ordeal.
After some research, we found that there have been reports of snakes (NOT RATTLESNAKES-they do not lay eggs) actually laying their eggs inside the pool noodle itself or around pool noodles that have been left outdoors near bushes or block fences.
If you do encounter a snake in your pool noodle, there is a joke somewhere in there, don't panic. Also, don't try to go all Crocodile Hunter on it.
Back away from the snake to give it some space. Most of the time they will go along on their merry way, they aren't really big fans of people. If you have an infestation like the family in Arizona. Call the local pest control so that they can safely relocate the snakes.