Last month, a thirteen foot python was found at a Miami residential swimming pool. Occasionally, both wild and domestic creatures find their way into swimming pools and pose a difficulty to both owners and swimmers.
The Burmese python was seen curled up in the corner of the pool and owner Suladie Miranda called 911. The snake was eliminated by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Unit. These snakes are native to the Everglades and can eat animals as large as alligators and deer. However, investigators guessed that this python in particular could have been an escaped exotic pet, meaning that this situation is possible everywhere that pets are kept.
In other words-everywhere.
This is dangerous for a couple reasons. This threat is real for all types of predatory animals. Alligators and semi-aquatic snakes such as cottonmouths and pythons can occasionally be found in residential and commercial pools. Before getting into the swimming pool, scan it to be certain that no unwelcome guests have come for a visit. Check the filter, also, where smaller animals can wind up.
A few years ago, a neighbor’s pet buffalo was found wading in a Georgia man’s swimming pool. Other non-predatory creatures frequently unintentionally fall into the pool, like raccoons and opossums, and sometimes drown. These animals, occasionally, can be harmful, but another issue is contamination. These exceptional cases can upset the sanitation in a sense that the average pool owner does not know how to fix.
If you find an animal in your pool, call your regional police or animal control. Attempting to fish it out yourself, even if it’s dead, can be risky.
The question is, how do you stop situations like these? 1 response is a pool cover and gate. However, in the event of the Georgian buffalo, the animal broke through the cover, and, as found from the New Port Richie alligator pool invader last April, they can undergo enclosures, too.
Another solution is a pool alarm. Pool alarms track the pool surface for disruptions. That means an alarm will sound anytime animals enter the pool. This way, you will have the opportunity to get the animal removed before the pool gets contaminated even worse or until the creature becomes a safety hazard. A pool alarm and other swimming pool supplies can help prevent situations like these.
The alarm is not only great for preventing animals entering the pool but for unsupervised children and unwanted adults, too.