The US National Park Service is warning visitors to stop licking one of America’s largest toads.
The potentially lethal Sonoran desert toad, also known as the Colorado river toad, excretes a toxin that can be harmful to humans and some say it has hallucinogenic effects.
In a Facebook post, the service warned people “not to lick” amphibians that can grow up to 7 inches and have “glow eyes”.
“As we say with most things you come across in a national park, whether it’s a banana slug, a strange mushroom or a large toad with glowing eyes in the dead of night, please don’t lick,” the agency said. this write.
The service released an image of one of the toads captured by a motion-sensing camera, gazing into the lens at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.
According to the Oakland Zoo, some people have exploited the toad’s toxin as a hallucinogen, inhaling it to induce feelings of euphoria and hallucinations.
It added that one of the chemicals found in the toad’s skin, bufotenin, is illegal to possess in California, but in neighboring Arizona one can legally arrest up to 10 toads with paper appropriate permission.
Toxins from the toad can also kill a large dog.