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  •  That rough-skinned newt is beautiful! (4+ / 0-)
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    Kestrel, lineatus, tgypsy, RiveroftheWest

    They are docile, calm creatures... but they are seriously poisonous if ingested!  A few years back, a couple of fishermen left their teapot out overnight and a newt got inside.  They brewed up some tea the next morning, cooked the newt and didn't realize it.  Killed them both quickly!  These newts have the same highly lethal nerve toxin that puffer fish do, and it doesn't take much to kill a full sized human.  

    Fortunately, you have to ingest it, and most everyone just wants to look at newts, not eat them....

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Sun May 05, 2013 at 05:18:25 PM PDT

    •  We had a bit of a discussion about the toxins. (3+ / 0-)
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      ivorybill, tgypsy, RiveroftheWest

      At lunchtime everyone was somewhat hesitant about taking any food HerpGuy passed, even though we know he'd washed his hands right after handing the newt and a couple times after that.

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