Authorities in Texas have warned residents about rattlesnakes after a reptile was found by a family in their swimming pool.
The Salado Texas Volunteer Fire Department said in a Facebook post last week that residents should be careful when using swimming pools this summer as rattlesnakes seek cooler areas due to the heat. .
“Before relaxing by your pool this summer. We are warning families to be on the lookout for rattlesnakes,” he said in the post.
“There could be snakes in your pool noodles. With the temperatures getting warmer, it’s natural for these snakes to seek out a cooler place to stay. Snakes generally seek out dark spaces, so it’s best to keep your pool toys elevated or in some type of sealed container.
Cylindrical tubes of pool noodles made of foam and used to float by people when learning to swim.
The warning was issued after a family using a swimming pool picked up a pool noodle and a rattlesnake came out, USA Today reported.
“When someone picked up one of his pool noodles, a large rattlesnake fell out. And they later realized that several baby snakes were still inside,” the fire department said.
Authorities have said the best way to deal with rattlesnakes is to “back off slowly, so always try to avoid panicking!”
“Make sure you stay safe this summer and check your pool noodles just in case!” says the post.
According to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, there are 10 species of rattlesnake in Texas, including the most common, the western diamondback.
The department also said most snakebites are the result of humans being careless or threatening to snakes.
In the event of a snakebite, the Salado volunteer firefighters advise to calm down and get to the hospital as soon as possible.
He also asked residents to describe the snake to hospital staff “as best you can to get proper care.”
“Pick up items around your house where snakes can hide. Check your children’s play areas before letting them play outside. If you or someone you know is bitten, call 911 immediately,” the fire department said in another post.
Research shows that snakes often help humans by controlling pest populations.
If snakes are found in homes, officials suggest calling in experts who can help remove them without harming the reptiles, KXAN reported.
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