Herp Center Reptile Forums
TFH Publications
 
       
^^ The Advertisements above disappear once you log in. Not a member? Register Now, it's free! ^^
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
  1. #1
    Elite Member furryscaly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota, USA
    Posts
    3,857

    Tetrodotoxin terrors

    Figured I'd help out the caudatan forum with some recent news. Well, when I was home on leave I spent an entire day at my old high school talking to hundreds of students about a variety of exotics, mostly herps (although Rupert was a hit too. Its not everyday you see a pheasant on a leash).

    Some of the herps I brought were my newts, including Zooba, the rough-skinned newt (Taricha granulosa). Although I washed my hands after handling him, I think at some point in the day I didn't do so good a job at it. By the time the day was over, my thyroid glands were feeling a bit swollen. This got me a little nervous, cause rough-skinned newts contain enough deadly tetrodotoxin to kill a full-grown man. Just in case it was the tetrodotoxin that was causing my symptoms, I forced myself to vomit after I got back home. Man, a good muffin gone to waste. Whether it was truly due to the tetrododoxin, I'll never be 100% sure, but I did feel better after I emptied my stomach.

    Fortunately though, Zooba's skin alone wouldn't have enough poison on it to kill me, its within his glands that he holds the deadly blow. Had he oozed out white beads of fluid, then I would've been in trouble. What really steams me though is that anyone can go down to the petstore and buy a rough-skinned newt without a permit or even having to know anything about them. They go for less than $10 and if some little kid, or some drunk friend swallows one, you better think about what you want on their tombstone.
    Hi.






  2. #2
    Subscribed User BlackJack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Switzerland
    Posts
    4,294
    Holy cow! I'm glad you're OK and feeling better. That's intense.

    Did you mention their toxicity to the students you were talking to?
    I would think petstores should be required to post warning labels on tanks with poisonous animals... so frustrating!

    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


    Andrea

  3. #3
    Elite Member furryscaly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota, USA
    Posts
    3,857
    Yeah, the toxicity was one of the key points in my newt discussion, along with the general differences between newts and sallies, and how pet stores know very little about various newt species. Actually, rough-skinned newts are fairly common in pet stores, though most die due to improper housing. They're rarely sold under their true name, often going by orange-bellied newts instead (not the same as fire-bellieds though). I wasn't terribly worried when it happened cause I knew there aws no way I ingested enough to kill me, but it still gave me a little rush. Enough of a rush to make me puke, just to be on the safe side.
    Hi.

  4. #4
    Elite Member fuse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    112
    thats very nice of you to be helping out bt do be careful dude!!!

  5. #5
    Administrator Merlin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Oklahoma City, Ok.
    Posts
    31,674
    • My Reptiles
    Maybe you need a warning sign!
    PLEASE DO NOT:
    KISS,
    LICK,
    OR SWALLOW,
    THE SALAMANDERS!!

    Don't laugh! As silly as it sounds people were getting high licking toads!
    I wonder how they found out they could do THAT!
    Merlin,
    What's Life Without A Little Magic!

  6. #6
    rbl
    rbl is offline
    MacGyver in real life rbl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    1,251
    Quote Originally Posted by furryscaly
    Man, a good muffin gone to waste.
    Glad you kept your perspective of life

    Merlin, you need to redo your warning sign:
    PLEASE DO NOT:
    KISS,
    LICK,
    OR SWALLOW,
    THE SALAMANDERS
    AFTER A GOOD MUFFIN!!

    btw, that kind of signs was how the prince charming business went belly up
    Wish list: Blue Tongue Skinks and Uruplatus =)

  7. #7
    Elite Member furryscaly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota, USA
    Posts
    3,857
    Hey, that was a good muffin. Had chocolate chips in it. Mmmm.
    Hi.

  8. #8
    Elite Member Toadie78's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    379
    choco chip muffins rule. and you only have one thyroid gland dude.
    1.1 Cats: Princess, Buddah "Boo"
    0.2 Rats: Noah (hooded) & Winston (himalayan)

    I have an innate love for all creatures big and small, no matter if they are furry, scaled, slimy, or feathered.

  9. #9
    Elite Member furryscaly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    North Dakota, USA
    Posts
    3,857
    Quote Originally Posted by Toadie78
    choco chip muffins rule. and you only have one thyroid gland dude.
    my thyroid swelled then. That's the one in your throat right? Whatever one is in your throat.
    Hi.

  10. #10
    Reptile Rescue esbat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Richmond, BC
    Posts
    390
    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin

    Don't laugh! As silly as it sounds people were getting high licking toads!
    I wonder how they found out they could do THAT!

    My daughter's grade 7 class went on a camping trip and the teacher taught them that.
    Val


    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

    Facebook page
    To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Powered by Herp Center
Herp Center | Richard Brooks
© 2004 - 2014
All rights reserved.
Online Since 2004

          
All material appearing on this web site is copyright © Herp Center, except where stated, and cannot be reproduced without our express written permission.