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Devil’s snuff box in this Louisville park

It’s not nearly as weird as it sounds.

Tiny mushrooms emit smoke when touched by a stick.

Common puffballs release spores in a smoke-like cloud.

Video by @theparklandsoffloydsfork

The common puffball fungus (Lycoperdon perlatum) goes by many different names — devil’s snuff box, wolf farts, and warted puffball are just a few.

These odd little creatures were found by The Parklands of Floyds Fork off of the Coppiced Woods Trail in Beckley Creek Park.

As you can see, the mushrooms release spores in smoke-like cloud when they’re touched by raindrops or in this case, a stick.

Keep an eye out for more spooky fungi this fall — like this Bleeding Tooth Fungus spotted last year.

Ready to learn more? Stop by The Parkland’s free family program, Fungi Fun Guys, on Sat., Oct. 22 for a guided hike, fungus-themed games, parade + cooking with fungi.

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