The National Park Service has warned visitors to stop licking psychedelic toads. Yes, you read that right, psychedelic toads.
In a statement, the National Park Service asked parkgoers to stop licking The Sonoran desert toad, also known as the Colorado river toad. The agency said, “As we say with most things you come across in a national park, whether it be a banana slug, unfamiliar mushroom, or a large toad with glowing eyes in the dead of night, please refrain from licking.” The national park service did not disclose how many people have been licking the toads, but according to a local recreational news outlet in Arizona, one hospital has had two cases in the last month.
The Sonoran toad can release a potent toxin from their glands, making you extremely sick if you touch the frog or get the poison in your mouth. The poison has a hallucinogenic element, resulting in a “powerful, short psychedelic experience.” The toad can be found in the southwestern part of the United States and Northwest Mexico.