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Beware the pool noodles this summer || They can be home to snakes

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Pool noodles bring a lot of summer fun when swimming. However, they can also be a breeding ground for snakes and snake eggs.

Snakes are sneaky, deadly creatures and can hide anywhere, and this is why people will want to inspect these floats before using them.

For those unfamiliar with what a pool noodle is, it is a squishy foam float with a long hole that runs through the middle. Snakes can squeeze themselves into the middle and hide or lay eggs.

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If a snake is encountered, whether non-venomous or poisonous, the important thing is to try and stay calm and not give away your location. Snakes rely on ground vibrations to determine where people are. Making a sudden movement will only scare the snake and cause them to react. It is best to walk very slowly away from the snake and keep the snake in view.

Fifteen species of venomous snakes can be found in the state of Texas, and five of those are ones we are familiar with in North East and East Texas; rattlesnakes, the copperhead, the cottonmouth and the coral snake.

How to tell if a snake is poisonous? Most poisonous snakes have a pupil that resembles a cat’s; an oblong shape with peaked ends, like a slit in the center of the eye. Non-venomous snakes usually have round pupils. There is always the exception. The coral snake, a very venomous snake in the United States, has round pupils. (Image below/Source below)

Personally any encounter with a snake would be too much for me. Pool noodles or not, check them out, you don’t want to take the chance and get an unwanted surprise the next time you take a dip.

Sources: www.snake-removal.com/venomous.html, Fox4News

Toni McDowra
Toni McDowra
Toni McDowra graduated from Texas A&M Commerce with a Bachelor in Business & Marketing. She started her career right here in Paris, TX selling media advertising for KBUS radio.

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