A South Korean man has died from poisoning after consuming toads he had mistaken for edible bullfrogs.
Police stated on Friday that he was amongst a bunch of males who caught 5 amphibians at a reservoir close to the town of Daejeon in March.
Believing the animals had been bullfrogs, the lads cooked and ate them at a restaurant days later.
The 57-year-old man started vomiting quickly after and was rushed to a hospital, the place he died the following morning.
Police stated bufotenin, a chemical generally present in toad toxin, was discovered within the leftovers of the meal.
They stated that among the many 5 animals they’d caught, some had been in actual fact toads which appeared equivalent to bullfrogs, reported Yonhap information company.
The person’s pals confirmed comparable poisoning signs however survived.
The BBC’s South Korea correspondent Stephen Evans says bullfrogs are a delicacy in some elements of rural South Korea.
Some species of toads secrete venom by way of their pores and skin when agitated or after they sense they’re at risk.
Bufotenin might be deadly when ingested in massive quantities. However additionally it is a pure psychedelic, giving rise to a sub tradition the place some lick toads in an try to realize a hallucinogenic excessive.