‘Refrain from licking’: National Park Service says don’t lick toads

Sonora desert toad
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‘Refrain from licking’: National Park Service says don’t lick toads

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The National Park Service is appealing to visitors not to lick wildlife while visiting a national park, especially the Sonoran desert toad.

The Sonoran desert toad secretes “a potent toxin [that] can make you sick if you handle the frog or get the poison in your mouth,” the Park Service said in a statement posted to its Facebook account.

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“Well that’s toad-ally terrifying,” the Park Service said along with a night vision photo of a large Sonoran desert toad. “Here is the ‘ribbiting’ late night content no one asked for. Yet here we are.”

“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 Park Service added. “Thank you. Toot!”

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The Sonoran desert toad’s secretion can reportedly cause hallucinations, leading to illness and even death.

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