Friday, February 04, 2011
Mild mannered amphibians pack a poisonous wallop
"Though adult newts possess tetrodotoxin- a deadly neurotoxin concentrated on their skin and in their ovaries, muscles, and blood, a thorough hand-washing effectively removes traces of the toxin from human skin. The only documented reports of human fatalities have been related to ingestion of the creatures. Some reports of sickness have been documented from toxins entering the body through open wounds. Apparently the unfortunate victims didn't heed nature's warning: the combination of a bright reddish-orange underbelly along with a disgusting taste- generally an indicator that dinner would best be procured elsewhere."