Ragwort

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Stevie
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Ragwort

Post by Stevie » 20 Aug 2017, 12:14

Hello!
Not a direct tortoise question, but sort of.
We get the odd ragwort plant in out front garden, the tortoises are in the back so no worries there. But was just wondering on how toxic it is and how it affects people/ animals. My husband pulled out the ragwort plant with those rubber garden gloves and threw in the brown bin. But with the same gloves on he has been touching earphones, phone, drink bottle etc etc. Now, am I being paranoid or will these need wiping? How toxic is it? Can he touch these then the tortoises? Do the gloves need throwing away? Will his clothes be ok? He seems to think they will be ok but I'm not so sure.
I don't know if I am being super paranoid but I know some plants are really dangerous so I thought I would ask you guys.
Thanks and sorry if a stupid question :oops:

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Nina
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Re: Ragwort

Post by Nina » 20 Aug 2017, 12:29

Hi Stevie,
That isn't a stupid question at all! Some plants that are toxic, can transfer their toxins via sap (for example Euphorbias), and if you get any of the sap on your hands that can cause a bad reaction (I ended up in the eye hospital earlier this year because I pulled up some euphorbias from my garden and then accidentally wiped my eyes with my fingers and within half an hour I was in terrible pain). However, other plants actually need to be eaten to do their damage, and Ragwort is one of those.
Ragwort is extremely toxic, and every year horses die from eating Ragwort that is growing in their fields. The toxins in Ragwort cause liver damage and they can build up in the body over time and eventually cause liver failure. But you do have to eat the Ragwort to have that damage happen, so I think you are perfectly safe in pulling the Ragwort out and then touching your tortoise (lol, although maybe don't make a habit of it).

Nina

Stevie
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Re: Ragwort

Post by Stevie » 20 Aug 2017, 12:35

Thank you so much for your prompt response. I am a bit of a worrier anyway so things like this send me into overdrive! I've been reading all sorts on the internet about people burning ragwort after they have pulled it out etc. But couldn't find if touching it it really toxic. And so I thought I would ask you guys as you know what your talking about!
Sorry to hear you had to go to hospital with your eye, some plants are awful.
Thank you again and enjoy your weekend
Stevie x

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lin
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Re: Ragwort

Post by lin » 20 Aug 2017, 12:37

I agree with Nina, Stevie.
Its also the particular person and their reaction to the toxic plants. I have quite a strong resistence to most of the plants including Ragwort and it dont affect me if I am pulling it up by hand but thats not to say it will not affect your husband.
I had the same as Nina with a Euphorbia spine hit me in the elbow and I am still having trouble from it. Oleander....dont go there, I wont even look at it and I cant understand it being planted in public places anywhere!
We must take the upmost care we can, and dont take mother nature for granted or she will have her revenge.

Lin

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