"Police in Kansas City say David Theiss planned to get high by licking the Colorado River Toad's venom glands.
The 21-year-old is accused of possessing the toad "with the intention of using it as a hallucinogen".
They said that many pet shops in the area do not stock the animal because the venom can make people sick and can kill pets.
Animal expert Danny Snyder told US station KMBC: 'People used to do it all the time but it got faded out awhile, but came back as a fad. Not a smart one.'" Ananova News
Bufo alvarius, also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad, is indeed a psychoactive creature, with two types of psychedelic tryptamine in its venom. Some users report "near death experiences" and the feeling of having been sat upon by an elephant, which rather supports Mr. Snyder's admonition that licking these toads isn't smart.