How often do you run into snakes and big snappers? I feel like I'm a manly man, and the mere thought of noodling makes my man parts crawl up inside to my stomach. You got a lot of sand to do that man.
I've yet to run into a snake or turtle in a hole. They're going to be in the pockets that have air pockets trapped in them. Most of the holes we've been fishing are in 4-6' of water, so they're all completely submerged. Found a few gar, but luckily, they don't really seem to care. They just scare the hell out of you when they shoot out from a hole. Only thing I've been hit by, other than a fish, is a few crawdads latching onto a toe or finger.