JUN 21, 2018 04:17 AM PDT

Better think twice before you bite

 

Everyone knows that when foraging for mushrooms, it's best to have an expert at your side, so as not to take an accidental nibble out of a noxious fungus. But if you happen to be mushroom-hunting in the North of California, you best have a few experts, because this is the home of the Death cap mushroom, Amanita phalloides. One single death cap has enough toxin to kill a human being, and as the young mushrooms look quite different from their mature counterparts, differentiating between these deadly shrooms can be a matter of life or death. 

The scary part of the Death cap is that it starts working before you even know it; for the first 6-12 hours, you may not show any symptoms. Meanwhile, the toxins have already started destroying your liver cells. And while the Death cap isn't native to northern California - it has European origins - it's presence is indisputable now, with reports of several people dying due to Death cap consumption. Want to see how this mushroom works its black magic? Watch the video! 

About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
OCT 11, 2018
Videos
OCT 11, 2018
The mystery behind why eating healthy is so expensive
Did you know that 36.5% of adults in the US are obese and 9.4% of the US has diabetes? It's not a secret that it's cheaper to buy unhealthy food th...
OCT 30, 2018
Plants & Animals
OCT 30, 2018
The Science Behind Cat Landings
You’ve undoubtedly heard the old wives’ tale that cats always land on four feet, and while they do most of the time, there’s a lot more t...
NOV 05, 2018
Videos
NOV 05, 2018
The Mechanisms Underlying the Deadly Blow of the Mantis Shrimp
The mantis shrimp packs a powerful punch that can strike its enemies with one of the fastest moves in the animal kingdom....
NOV 05, 2018
Videos
NOV 05, 2018
How UV Rays Cause Aging and Skin Cancer
We know that UV rays can do damage to our DNA - but how?...
NOV 12, 2018
Plants & Animals
NOV 12, 2018
Steaks Aren't the Only Things We Get From Cows
It’s no secret that cows are routinely slaughtered for beef, but what if we told you that only about 60% of the cow gets harvested for food? Fret not...
NOV 21, 2018
Cardiology
NOV 21, 2018
What We Know About Kawasaki Disease
Kawasaki disease discovered by Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki, a Japanese pediatrician, is a rare type of vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels. It&rsquo...
Loading Comments...