The jungle is one of the most dangerous places known to Man. From deadly beasts to harsh weather conditions, few can hack it out in the wild. Are you up for the challenge? THIS IS EPIC HOW TO! Surviving the Jungle. If you are even going to have the chance of surviving the jungle, you need to know the lay of the land. The jungle has extremely high temperatures At low altitudes, expect temperatures of around 95 degrees Fahrenheit with nearly 100% humidity! Expect sudden heavy rainfall in the jungle with lots of thunder and lightning Jungle storms can be quick and violent, especially in the summer months. During the dry season from around June through August, it will rain about once per day. In Monsoon season, from around December to May, It will rain constantly. There is also an incredible amount of diversity of plants and animals. While jungles only account for 2% of the earth’s surface, they have 50% of the world’s plants and animals. The Amazon Basin for example Has over 1,800 different species and animals. That’s a lot of animals. If you can, you’ll wanna make sure you have the proper tools with you before you try to survive in the jungle. Supplies like a pocket knife, water purification tablets, insect repellant, a machete, Water proof clothes, a poncho, rubber boots, Sunscreen, a canteen, a flashlight, blankets and a first aid kit, are essential to surviving in the jungle. Now, you’re not gonna last very long in the jungle if you don’t know how to make a shelter. When looking for a place to build your shelter, find somewhere on a hill or otherwise elevated terrain. The soil will be drier and you’ll be less likely to be bitten by mosquitoes and insects. You’ll wanna create a lean-to Find one long sturdy branch and lean it up against the tree so it makes an A-shape. Then, rest smaller branches at 45 degree angles along the length of the main branch. Then, cover the structure with a thick layer of palm leaves or pieces of bark. Next, you’re gonna need to be able to find food and water. According to Ed Safford The Only man who successfully walked the entire length of the Amazon “You can collect water in several ways.” First! There’s rain water A 10-minute downfall can net you for up to 30 liters of drinkable water. Rivers and streams are an obvious but great source of water. Just make sure you boil it and add purification tablets before drinking. Check for water vines. Thick vines that grow on trees capable of storing water. The thicker the vine, the more water inside. Check to make sure there’s no sap on it first then cut of the higher end of the vine, followed by the lower end. This allows you to drink the maximum amount of water from the vine If you’re in a pinch… Dig a hole in some mud, after it’s full of muddy water. Give it 20 minutes for the mud to settle. Then SCOOP out the water and purify it. Now, when it comes to food, don’t bother hunting animals. Not only does that take too long, but you’re only gonna provoke creatures that are much bigger and scarier than you. Instead, try fishing. Its a great source of protein and unlike the bigger mammals in the jungle, they won’t fight back. To fish, you’ll need to make a fishing spear. You can craft a simple spear by sharpening a piece of bamboo. When you’re near a river or stream you just wait for a fish to come within range then… Jab and stab! Hello fillet-o-fish. If you’re tired of fish, you can also try trapping animals. Dig a large hole in the ground and cover it with leaves and other debris. Then, place a piece of food on top. When an animal comes by, it will will go for the food and fall right into the hole. Injuring it enough that you can finish it off easily. Careful, you might catch a human! You could still eat it if you wanted to. We won’t tell! You could also look for fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Coconuts, squash, cucumber, cashews, and peanuts are all found in the jungle. You’re gonna need lots of carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up. Look for “palm hearts”, a vegetable that grows in the inner core of some palm trees. Though you’ll have to cut down an entire palm to get one, They’re packed full of carbs and can be the difference between life and death. Remember, if you don’t recognize something, don’t put it in your mouth Moving on! While surviving in the jungle, you need to keep a constant eye out for threats. Animals like wild boars, jaguars, and cougars can kill you in seconds. Your best bet when encountering these dangerous animals is to blend into the environment So they don’t see you in the first place. Making loud noises or trying to scare the animals off could only provoke an attack If you’re spotted, back away slowly and quietly away from the animal so that you don’t look like a threat. If an animals does attack you’re gonna need a weapon to defend yourself. Your spear, machete, or even a large rock would do the trick. There are smaller threats too. Little nightmares like scorpions and brown spiders can both poison you, as can coral snakes, pit vipers, cobras, and anacondas. Even innocent looking adorable frogs carry deadly venom. The golden poison dart tree frog has enough poison inside of it to kill 20 humans. Screw that guy! If you’re bitten or stung, you might think your best bet is to suck out the poison, right? Wrong! Trying to suck out the poison actually makes a bite worse, as it introduces germs from your mouth to the infected area. Instead, raise the infected area above the heart. Which uses gravity to help prevent the flow of poison to your heart spot. Then, clean the wound with soap and water and apply a bandage. But the most dangerous creature in the jungle might just be the –yeah, that’s right– the mosquito. If bitten by a mosquito, they could infect you with Malaria, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, or Yellow Fever. If you contract any one of these diseases without access to modern medicine, you’re a goner. Malaria alone kills approximately 1 million people a year. Since you can’t really treat any off these diseases on your own, you need to avoid being bitten by a mosquito in the first place. Make sure you’re always wearing long sleeved loose fitting clothing. When you sleep, sleep under a mosquito net soaked in insecticide. And finally, line that mosquito net with spare clothing entirely around the perimeter of your campsite. Cause you don’t want to give the mosquitos any opening. Defeat them, and you’re gravy! *Vocal Music and Drums play* Congratulations!!! You’ve survived the deadly and unforgiving jungle. At this right, you might never even have to come back to society! If you don’t, I’m gonna handle your Facebook for ya. All you gots to do is put your password in the comments down below. 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