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Why animals die from eating poisonous plants
Utah State University Extension
  • Elizabeth A Burritt, Utah State University
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Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation & Ecosystem Management
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If 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 Information
Elizabeth A Burritt. Why animals die from eating poisonous plants. Utah State University Extension (2012) - 2pp.
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