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MONSOON 2021: Rain brings toxic frogs, mushrooms to the Valley

A strong monsoon season has introduced on some new risks in the Valley: toxic toads and mushrooms.

PHOENIX — Monsoon is in full swing in the Valley of the Sun, and the rain storms are bringing new risks: toxic toads and mushrooms.

Sonoran Desert toads are additionally turning into extra frequent after weeks of heavy rain. Dogs, particularly, could turn into curious and take a look at to eat the toxic toads, medical doctors warn.

Some not-so-magic mushrooms known as Clorophyllum molybdites, or “yard mushrooms,” may cause violent abdomen sickness if eaten.

“This is the most common mushroom found in Maricopa County and can cause severe gastrointestinal distress for both humans and animals,” in accordance to Maureen Roland with the Banner Poison Center.

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Doctors mentioned the fungi generally grows on grassy lawns and look comparable to edible mushrooms.

“In higher elevations, there are more dangerous mushroom species that can cause severe illness if ingested, including liver or kidney failure,” Dr. Daniel Brooks mentioned. “In general, it is best not to pick wild mushrooms to eat unless you are a trained, professional mycologist.”

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