(CNN) — Firefighters in Arizona are warning residents after a family in Buckey found several rattlesnakes inside pool noodles, including some baby snakes.
The family was getting ready to take a dip, and they grabbed two noodles that were up against a wall.
That’s when a big snake popped out of one of them and they found several babies inside.
“It’s ungodly hot out – and snakes are just looking for somewhere to hide.”
Greyson Getty’s wrangled hundreds of them as a relocator with Rattlesnake Solutions.
He’s come across snakes in pool toys before, though never in a noodle.
Still, he’s not surprised.
“They’re dehydrated – they haven’t had a meal – and there’s a damp pool noodle in a dry desert – if I was a snake and I was dehydrated, I would go to the pool noodle too.”
Generally speaking he says snakes like dark areas ,especially corners.
For them, a random stack of stuff can be their paradise, and your nightmare.
“Anything that a snake or a rodent or a big can hide under – try to eliminate it. Try to keep everything neat and tidy.”
If you can, he says, you should keep your pool toys up high in the garage or in a closeable plastic container.
Somewhere they can’t slither to and make your home theirs.
“The best thing you can do to prevent snakes – is prevent snakes. So prevent their food, prevent their water, and prevent them from even being able to getting in.”