Are You A “Sonoran Toad Licker?”
First, I NEVER thought I’d have to ask that question – but I do! On Election Day 2022, this is another sobering reminder of just how stupid people can be.
The Guardian reported yesterday on a new and dangerous phenomenon:
“The US National Park Service is warning people to stop licking one of the largest toads in America, due to a toxin it secretes from its glands that can create a hallucinogenic experience.”
YES. We now must be warned not to lick “hallucinogenic toads.”
They report that the Sonoran desert toad emits a quick, “weak low-pitched toot” – and something else as well.
For some reason, licking it has become a new trend, even though it can make someone sick if they touch it or lick it.
The Guardian’s story goes on to note that even though it’s dangerous, it’s a new trend!
“Toad-licking, however, has become a way to get high, and has long been considered life-threatening. Not every toad can induce a high, and for those that can, the high they deliver varies from toad to toad.”
That’s right, people think they can get high by licking the back of a toad directly or by storing toxins secreted by the toad to use later!
Somebody call Darwin!
It’s A “Toad Licking” High!
Apparently, hallucinations and euphoria are the known effects of this activity, but there are serious and dangerous side effects as well – licking a toad can cause anxiety, nausea or seizures and, in some cases, death!
“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.”
It’s hilarious head-scratching that the National Park Service would actually have to release such a request!
The “Sonoran Desert Toad” is also called a “Colorado River Toad” – and is about seven inches long, and its toxins are released from glands near its eyes and jaw.
If you want to know more, here is a link to the whole wild story!
This reminds me that no matter how close we get to nature, there’s a reason we still need to keep our distance:
Look at this magical image of playful Dolphins in the ocean – I’ve been lucky enough to see it up close – whales too!
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Some of you may have seen this video I shared – of a happy family of Deer walking up the street ahead of me:
This happens a lot around our house – and yes, there are deer in Beverly Hills!
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And I also shared this video of my Elk encounter:
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A two hour flight south from Los Angeles will take you to the magical Baja California town of Cabo San Lucas:
Just a few of the incredible images I captured on a trip there…but nothing compared to coming across a pod of migrating Whales…they were very playful and visible – take a look:
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