Please stop licking psychedelic toads, National Park Service warns

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The U.S. government has an unusual request: Please don’t lick psychedelic toads.

The National Park Service issued a warning this week to visitors to refrain from licking the large Sonoran Desert toad as they try to reach a state ofhallucinogenic enlightenment from the “potent toxin” that the amphibians naturally secrete.

These toads, also known as Colorado River toads, “have prominent parotoid glands that secrete a potent toxin,” the Park Service advised. “It can make you sick if you handle the frog or get the poison in your mouth,” it warned.

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