Why animals die from eating poisonous plantsUtah State University Extension
PublisherBehavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation & Ecosystem Management
AbstractIf animals can learn which plants are toxic and which are safe, then why do they eat poisonous plants and die? Under most circumstances animals can learn if a plant is safe or harmful because eating results in feedback from the gut to the brain. Feedback tells the body whether or not a food is safe. Unfortunately, in some situations this mechanism for identifying harmful foods is circumvented causing animals to suffer from overingestion of poisonous plants.
Citation InformationElizabeth A Burritt. Why animals die from eating poisonous plants. Utah State University Extension (2012) - 2pp.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elizabeth_burritt/96/