Plants Dangerous to Your Reptile or Amphibian

posted: 05/15/12
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The following plants are all dangerous to some degree. Some, like oleander and Dieffenbachia (dumb cane) can cause death almost instantly. Others may cause only a mild reaction, but it is still best to remove them from any areas where they would be in contact with your herp.

This is not a complete list, so if you are in any doubt about the safety of plants that you have, please contact your veterinarian or the poison control center. The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center hotline numbers are as follows:

1-900-443-0000 ($50.00 per case). The charge is billed directly to the caller's phone.

1-888-4ANI-HELP or 1-888-426-4435 ($50.00 per case). The charge is billed to caller's credit card only.

Plants Dangerous for Herps

Air plant

Amanita

Amaryllis

American yew

Andromeda

Arum lily

Australian flame tree

Autumn crocus

Avocado

Azalea

Balsam pear

Baneberry

Bird of paradise

Bishop's weed

Black laurel

Black locust

Bloodroot

Bluebonnet

Blue-green algae

Boxwood

Bracken fern

Broad beans

Broomcorn grass

Buckeye

Buckthorn

Bulb flowers

Burdock

Buttercup

Cacao

Caladium

Calla lily

Camel bush

Candelabra tree

Cardinal

Castor bean

Chalice vine

Cherry tree

Chinaberry tree

Christmas candle

Clematis

Cocklebur

Coffee

Coffee bean

Coral plant

Coriander

Corncockle

Cotton bush

Coyotillo

Cowslip

Crown of thorns

Cutleaf

Daffodil

Daphne

Datura

Deadly amanita

Death camus

Delphinium

Devil's ivy

Dieffenbachia

Dutchman's breeches

Eggplant

Elderberry

Elephant's ear

English ivy

English yew

Ergot

Eucalyptus

Euonymus

False hellebore

False henbane

Felt plant

Firethorn

Flame tree

Four O'Clock

Foxglove

Ghostweed

Glottidium

Golden chain

Ground cherry

Heliotrope

Hemlock

Henbane

Holly

Honeysuckle

Horse bean

Horse chestnut

Horsetail reed

Hyacinth

Hydrangea

Indian licorice

Indian turnip

Inkberry

Iris

Jack-in-the-pulpit

Jasmine

Java bean

Jerusalem cherry

Jimsonweed

Johnson grass

Juniper

Kentucky coffee tree

Lantana

Larkspur

Laurel

Leucotho

Lily-of-the-valley

Lima bean

Lobelia

Locoweed

Lords and ladies

Lupine

Malanga

Mandrake

Marijuana

Maternity plant

Mayapple

Meadow saffron

Mescal bean

Mexican breadfruit

Mexican poppy

Milk vetch

Milkweed

Mistletoe

Mock orange

Monkshood

Moonseed

Morning glory

Mountain laurel

Mushrooms

Narcissus

Navy bean

Nettles

Nightshades

Oak

Oleander

Panda plant

Parsley

Peires

Pencil tree

Periwinkle

Philodendrons

Pigweed

Pikeweed

Poinciana

Poinsettia

Poison ivy

Poison oak

Pokeweed

Potato

Precatory

Privet

Pyracantha

Rain tree

Ranunculus

Rape

Rattlebox

Rattlebush

Red maple

Rhododendrons

Rhubarb

Rosary peas

Sandbox tree

Scarlet runner

Skunk cabbage

Snowdrop

Snow on the mountain

Sorghum grass

Sorrel

Spindle tree

Spurges

Sudan grass

Sweet pea

Tansy ragwort

Thornapple

Tobacco

Vetch

Virginia bower

Virginia creeper

Wattle

White cedar

Wisteria

Yam bean

Yews

Yellow jasmine

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