People keep licking a rare toad in US national parks.

Visitors to national parks in the Southwest continue to kiss frogs, but don’t expect them to turn into princes.

The rare Sonoran Desert toad, also known as the Colorado River toad, naturally secretes a strong hallucinogenic poison called bufotenin, which is four to six times more potent than DMT.

Licking frogs can produce a short but intense psychedelic trip that lasts around 30 minutes.

But the frogs’ secretions can also be quite dangerous, prompting the National Park Service to post a warning on its Facebook page to stay away from the frogs.

“These toads have prominent parotoid glands that secrete a potent toxin,” the service wrote. “You can get sick if you handle the frog or put the poison in your mouth. As we say with most things you come across in a national park, whether it’s a banana slug, an unknown mushroom, or a large toad with a bright shine “. eyes in the dark of night, please refrain from licking.”

Toad poison is in fashion

The rare toad venom has become all the rage among celebrities like Mike Tyson, Chelsea Handler, and Hunter Biden.

“I died on my first ride,” Tyson said. the new york post. “In my travels I have seen that death is beautiful. Both life and death have to be beautiful, but death has a bad reputation. The toad has taught me that I will not be here forever. It has an expiration date. .”

Toad venom has been used in rituals for its healing properties for thousands of years, but has only recently become mainstream in the last ten years.

Now vacationers go on retreats to taste the rare toad poison.

“People pay anywhere from $250 for a ceremony in the woods of East Texas to $8,500 for a more gilded beachfront setting in Tulum, Mexico to consume the toxin,” according to The New York Times.

Or they can go to a national park in the southwestern United States and try to lick a frog for free.

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