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Toad Licking
Turn on, tune in, toad out.

"I'd like to remind all my readers, especially you impressionable young people, that if you must lick a toad, make sure it's wearing a condom. Thank you."

Licking the backs of toads to get high.

Based on an urban legend dating as far back as The Seventies, groups of hippies and teenagers were alleged to have been licking specific species of toads which secrete psychoactive compounds through their skin that can cause hallucinations.

While there are toads that do secrete such chemicals, licking it off a toad itself is very dangerous (they are toxins to deter predators after all, coupled with an easy case of salmonella) and will cause some serious poisoning for anyone considering a pursuit to get high in such a fashion in Real Life (or in layman's terms, Don't Try This at Home).

In fiction, the psychoactive toad is commonly used as a G-Rated Drug.

See Also: Mushroom Samba.

Compare: Alien Catnip, Fantastic Drug, I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin


Comic Books
  • One X-Men spinoff series featured Toad Boy, a young mutant who secreted a powerful narcotic.

  • There is an Australian documentary about cane toads, which covers using toads as hallucinogens.
    Hippy: Don Juan the Yaqui brujo says that when you take peyote, you become as one with the spirit of the cactus ... yer toad's the same.
  • The bear cub from the film The Bear licks a frog out of curiosity. During the night, he suffers a Mushroom Samba nightmare about frogs mutating and flying everywhere.


Live-Action TV
  • The X-Files episode "Quagmire" had a bunch of slackers licking toads to get high.
    Snorkel Guy: Dude, what is wrong with you? You made me drop my toad!
  • A hallucinogenic toad turned out to be a major plot point in an episode of Jonathan Creek. The toad wasn't native to England and had been imported by a local hippie colony for this very purpose. The presence of the toad, allegedly in the prime suspect's house, was what led to Jonathan solving the case he was working on.
  • An episode of Skins (the American version), features the kids trying to get high from licking a toad.
  • When the gang from Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffed Jack Frost, there was a talking mushroom man; the characters wondered what a talking mushroom would eat to get high, and the only answer anyone can come up with was, "I think they lick toads."
  • The solution to the Eleventh Hour episode "Cardiac" involves kids attempting to get high off frogs.
  • One the escapees from Hell in Reaper was a stoner whose preferred method of getting high was licking toads. Fittingly, his demonic power was having a prehensile, Overly Long Tongue.
  • In L.A. Law, the client in one episode was a retired man whose nursing home wouldn't let him have alcohol on the premises, so he acquired a hallucinogenic toad.
  • Discussed on The Daily Show:
    Jon Stewart: Isn't it how if you lick a frog, you start to get crazy thoughts?
    Kermit the Frog: If you lick a frog, you were crazy to start with.

  • The M83 track "Raconte-Moi Une Histoire"note  is nothing more than an instrumental with a voice-over of a little girl telling of the wonders of touching a special little frog in the rainforest.

Tabletop Games

Web Animation
  • In Sonic For Hire, Luigi licks Frogger and subsequently gets run over by a car.

  • In 1977: The Comic, Bud Chambers makes the mistake of licking an exotic amphibian thinking he will get high. The creature is the fabulous Mystic Frog, a sentient, magical and touchy creature. Which curses Bud with an attack of transsexual confusion.
  • One strip from Head Trip claims that James Cameron came up with the inspiration for Avatar after licking a toad.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "Missionary: Impossible", Homer is depicted at one point lying on a hammock and picking up toads at random and licking them to get high while stranded on a South Pacific island.
      Bart: Dad, are you licking toads?
      Homer: I'm not not licking toads!
    • In another episode, Homer resorts to licking the toads in a pet shop in an attempt to intoxicate himself after being kicked out of Moe's Tavern.
    • In one more, Lenny licks a toad after a drug test held at the plant.
  • On Family Guy, "toad" becomes such a popular fad at James Woods High School, after a Colombian drug cartel's plane transporting the toads crashes near Quahog, that Peter winds up going undercover at the school as "Lando Griffin" to get the students to stop.
    • There was even a hilarious anti-drug PSA directly spoofing the classic Tootsie Pop commercial with Mr. Owl.
    Kid: Mr. Toad, how many licks of you does it take to get to the center of a Rhode Island State Prison?
    [Jail Door Closes]
    Voiceover: Just one.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, toad-licking is used as a fever cure. It works, but only if the toad is frozen.
  • An episode of Drawn Together saw Xander, Toot, and Wooldor discover that Ling Ling excretes a hallucinogen whenever he becomes disappointed. After directly referencing the similarity to toads, they proceed to repeatedly disappoint him so they can lick the life out of him.
  • One episode of Beavis And Butthead had Beavis attempting to lick a frog in order to get high.

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alternative title(s): Licking Toads; Psychoactive Toad
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