National Park Service Warns Visitors Against Deadly Contact With This Animal
(IntegrityPress.org) – According to an explanation from Healthline, N-dimethyltryptamine (more commonly known as DMT) is a compound that causes intense psychedelic effects upon consumption. The naturally-occurring substance comes from various plants and creatures, including the Colorado river toad. The National Park Service (NPS) has just issued a new warning to individuals intending to lick these toads to access their mind-altering properties.
On Tuesday, November 1, the NPS posted a photograph on its Facebook page of the amphibian, also known as the Sonoran desert toad, taken at night at Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Accompanying the snapshot was a warning about the toad, stating its glands emit a “potent toxin.” This substance can cause illness in people who handle the toads or otherwise end up with the poison in their mouths. The post encouraged readers not to lick any plant or animal they encounter in national parks.
The National Park Service is asking people to "please refrain from licking" Sonoran desert toads, which secrete a powerful toxin.https://t.co/JkpWWJQt98
— NPR (@NPR) November 6, 2022
Reports state that the popularity of the Colorado river toad’s secretions is actually making it at risk as a species. The state of New Mexico and the federal government currently consider it a threatened species. Officials believe people seeking highs and attempting to capture the toads have over-hunted the species.
DMT is a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning the federal government views it as an illegal drug without any medical uses. However, some states have decriminalized the compound.
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