Features of the behavior of some reptiles and amphibians, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, frogs, toads and snakes, possible ways to catch them.

Crocodiles and alligators are found in most subtropical and tropical regions. Those of these reptiles that do not exceed one meter in length are potential food.. 

Features of the behavior of some reptiles and amphibians, crocodiles, lizards, turtles, frogs, toads and snakes, possible ways to catch them.

Larger crocodiles and alligators should be avoided. They are well protected with their horn plate armor, and some, such as an aggressive combed crocodile, can grow to enormous size. When in their habitat, always assume that they are nearby, as crocodiles are well camouflaged and may be under water for a long time in anticipation that a careless lunch will fall within reach.

and monitor lizards can inflict a severe bite and have powerful claws. Try to catch lizards by the tail, however small lizards are very fast. Sometimes they can be caught in a hole. Set traps on large lizards.


Overcome your fear and learn the habits of these reptiles. Do not try to catch large representatives of those snakes that you know are very poisonous. Large boas, pythons of Africa, Asia and Australasia, and boas such as the ananonda from South America, can be very large, up to 10 meters. However, even for the largest of them, the person is too big to swallow it. It’s easy to catch them, but do not try to catch very large ones. They are not poisonous, but their teeth bent back can cause very serious bites. If you can, unclench the jaws of the snake, instead of tearing it off, the injury may be less severe.

Snakes have a great disguise, often only movement gives them away. During the day, you can walk past many snakes without even noticing them. Use a stick with a fork at the end to press the snake to the ground directly behind the head. Use the other stick to hit the back of your head. Hit to kill for sure. Snakes, folding in rings and hiding their heads, are a problem. Press one ring and watch how it unfolds before trying to hit the head. Never pick up or even get close to a snake if you are not completely sure that she is dead. Some snakes, including poisonous ones, can imitate death very convincingly..

Frogs and toads.

Frogs are edible everything, but some have subcutaneous poison, so remove the skin before cooking. Active at night, croaking will give out their location, always near the water. Blind them with fire, a burning firebrand from a fire will do, and beat with a stick or club. In the afternoon, catch on a hook and fishing line with an insect bait. Toads have warty skin, they can be far from water. The taste is bad. Most have very toxic skin secretions. Salamanders and newts living near and in water can be caught like frogs, and they are just as edible.


The meat of these reptiles is very good food. Most spend time mainly in salt or fresh water, going ashore for laying eggs, but some of the reptiles lead a land-based way, the box-shaped turtle does not enter the water even for mating. Some turtles were met far into the sea. Catch them with a net or just pull them out of the water. On land, turn the turtle over on its back, stay away from its jaws and fins. Then she will be helpless. You can kill with a blow to the head. Cut the stomach and remove the insides, separate the head and neck. Some species of turtles have a venom sac in their necks..

Turtles are best cooked. Very fatty meat, so eat a little. Blood is even fatter. The eggs found inside the female can be eaten; they can not be spoiled by boiled for several days. Turtles can be baked on coals gutted when the shell crack the dish ready. Traces : females that go ashore for laying eggs leave traces in the sand similar to the track of a tractor. They will lead you to where the eggs are buried, but you may have to go quite far inland.

Based on the book Complete Survival Guide for Extreme Situations, in the Wild, on Land and at Sea.
John Wiseman.

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