Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
Don't even touch it with bare hands. If you're disposed to do so, wear gloves, disposable latex type are best.
The toxins in many of these poisonous mushrooms can be absorbed topically. Even experienced mushroom collectors will never put unidentified fungi in collection bags/baskets with identified edible types. Just poisonous types touching edible varieties that are then eaten can cause serious reactions in people.
After I was done leaning over taking the pic, I lost my balance and fell face first into it
Thanks for the head's up, Breezy. I didn't know about mushroom toxins being absorbed into the skin. That's important info, especially if someone wanted to do one of those spore prints.