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Get Out Alive


Get Out Alive
Few places on Earth house quite as many things that can kill you in so many ways as the jungle. From snakes to poisonous frogs, berries to rivers, anyone walking through the jungle needs to have their wits about them at all times.

The most obvious threat will come from big animals like tigers and jaguars that inhabit the jungles of India and the rainforests of South America respectively. Your best bet for evading these huge predators is to stand still and hope you weren’t seen, or run and hide. If you are spotted, make yourself as big as possible and shout loudly as this will surprise and intimidate them.
Don’t be fooled into thinking the smaller critters pose less of a threat, though. Many can be deadlier than the big cats. The golden poison dart frog is particularly lethal to humans, as it has enough poison to kill ten adults. The poison is held in their skin, so eating or even touching one could have disastrous consequences. Add in the dangers of snakes, mosquitos, piranhas, crocodiles and bears, the jungle is not a place for the faint of heart. Take plenty of DEET-based insect repellent and make lots of noise as you travel so as to ward off creatures that would attack you out of fear or surprise.
While on your travels, be on the lookout for your next meal. On the menu will be fruit, plants, insects and fish, but you’ll need a book to help weed out the edible from the poisonous. Avoid anything that’s brightly coloured, because this is often an evolved defence mechanism to warn against eating that particular plant.
But while it’s possible to survive for about 60 days without food in warm conditions, you’ll last less than 72 hours without water. Always ensure you have a filtration device or water purification tablets to make the water safe, or catch rain before it has hit the ground to prevent catching diseases like cholera.
Although there are a multitude of things that can kill you in the jungle, being clued up on what you can and can’t eat and how to avoid predator attacks will help enormously. If you’re lost and ready to scream “Get me out of here!” then following water will take you out of the jungle to the end of the waterway. Ant and Dec almost certainly won’t be there to meet you.
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Avoid man-eating predators
Cover your tracks
Predators like big cats are excellent trackers and they’ll be keen to find you, especially if it’s dinnertime. Walking in water will stop physical evidence of your movements, giving you a better chance of going undetected.
Camoufl age
Hide yourself as you walk through the jungle using camouflage. If you don’t have a specificoutfit, coat yourself with mud and attaching leaves and foliage to your body will make you less likely to be spotted.
Cover your scent
Jackets lined with charcoal are excellent for preventing your natural odours from escaping into the environment. Otherwise, cover yourself in things like mud and strong smelling plants to mask your scent.
Get Out Alive, Avoid man-eating predators, The Edibility Test

The Edibility Test
If you aren’t a trained botanist, you might struggle to identify which plants are safe to eat. That’s where the universal edibility test comes into play. Eat nothing and drink only water for eight hours before the test.
Your first task is to split up the plant you are testing into its individual components, such as the stem, root, leaf, flower and bud. Crush each part of the plant and, one-by-one, rub them on your skin to see if you have a bad reaction to it. If your skin blisters or forms a rash, it’s unlikely to be good to eat.
If it’s good, the next stage is to boil the plant, if possible. Hold the plant on your lip for a few minutes, removing instantly if it begins to burn. Finally, if the plant has passed the test so far, place it on your tongue. Again, if it begins to feel painful or look bad, spit it out and wash your mouth thoroughly. Remember though, tasting bad isn’t the same as being poisonous! Chew it for around 15 minutes and, if all still feels good, swallow it. Don’t eat anything else for eight hours and see if you have any bad reaction to what you’ve eaten. If you’re good, you’ve found a potentially life-saving food source!