Texas officials warn of rattlesnakes hiding in pool noodles: 'Try to avoid panicking!'

Officials in Texas are warning residents about an animal that could be lurking in pool noodles: rattlesnakes.

A family hanging out at the pool stumbled upon the reptile when someone picked up a pool noodle and a large rattlesnake snake fell out, according to a Facebook post from the Salado Texas Volunteer Fire Department.

"They realized later that several baby snakes were still inside," the post said.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, there are 10 species of rattlesnakes in Texas including the most common, the western diamondback.

The post said it is not unusual for snakes to seek cooler places as temperatures rise.

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"Snakes will typically seek out dark spaces, so it's best to keep your pool toys elevated or in some type of sealed container," the post read.

The Salado Texas Volunteer Fire Department concluded the post by advising residents to back away from rattlesnakes without panicking and to check pool noodles.

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Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rattlesnakes in Texas: Officials warn of snakes hiding in pool noodles