ARIZONA NEWS

Rattlesnakes get cozy in pool noodle outside Phoenix-area home

Jun 25, 2018, 1:40 PM
(Wikimedia Commons Photo/Tigerhawkvok)...
(Wikimedia Commons Photo/Tigerhawkvok)
(Wikimedia Commons Photo/Tigerhawkvok)

PHOENIX – If you thought snakes on a plane were bad, what about rattlesnakes in your pool toys?

That’s what one family in a Phoenix suburb found recently.

“This is the time of year where critters, snakes, scorpions might find their way into these areas,” Capt. Tommy Taylor of the Buckeye Fire Department told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Monday.

As a warning to the community, the department shared the details of rattlesnakes getting cozy inside a pool noodle that had been left outside.

When the floating toy was picked up for use, a large rattlesnake with a couple of smaller ones fell out, Taylor said. Fortunately, the snakes didn’t attack and just slithered away.

The department said it found previous reports of snakes laying eggs in pool noodles (not rattlesnakes, which don’t lay eggs).

“This is the first time I ever heard of anything like this,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the best thing to do if you come across a rattlesnake is to keep your distance.

“They don’t want to have any kind of confrontation,” he said. “Usually the only time a rattlesnake will actually snap at somebody is when they’re trying to protect themselves from danger.”

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jeremy Foster contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Arizona House bill seeks to impose limits on taking video of police

A proposed Arizona House bill to outlaw close-up video recordings of police actions is meant to protect officers and civilians alike, said its sponsor.
4 hours ago
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix metro sets record with workforce of 2.3 million at end of 2021

The Phoenix metro area had a record number of workers at the end of 2021, the city said in a Wednesday press release.
4 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Arizona utility regulators reject new renewable energy rules for the second time in a year

Arizona's utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have drastically boosted the use of renewable energy for the second time in a year, drawing sharp reaction from clean energy advocates who said the decision leaves the state far behind what is needed to address climate change.
4 hours ago
David Whitaker (Pinal County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona sex offender who hid in desert for 107 days sentenced to 25 years behind bars

A 42-year-old man who was accused of sexual contact with a minor and hid for more than 107 days in the desert before being arrested has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, authorities said.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Arizona Senate panel OKs working poor tax credit backed by Democrats, Gov. Ducey

A Democratic proposal to create a new tax credit for working low-income Arizonans that Republican Gov. Doug Ducey adopted as part of his budget proposal was approved by an Arizona Senate committee Wednesday.
1 day ago
FILE - This Aug. 19, 2010, file photo shows then-Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan at a new...
Associated Press

Former Arizona prisons director had tequila in system before standoff, police say

Former Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan had already consumed a half bottle of tequila by the time officers responded to a call nearly three weeks ago at his Tempe home that he had shot himself, according to police reports released Wednesday that offer a new theory on how the former prisons boss was injured.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Wide receivers John Brown #12 and Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona C...
Arizona Department of Gaming

The most memorable games in Arizona sports history every fan needs to know

Sports teams in Arizona have seen their fair share of instant classic games, but there's a few that every fan needs to know.
(Facebook Photo/NHTSA)...
Sweet James

Upcoming holiday season is peak time for DUI arrests

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most dangerous time of the year to be driving. That’s why it’s important to remember to call Sweet James Accident Attorneys if you’re injured or arrested because of a DUI accident.
...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
Rattlesnakes get cozy in pool noodle outside Phoenix-area home