Non-traditional foods for survival, snakes, frogs, newts, turtles, mollusks, birds, rodents.

When surviving, in situations of threatening hunger, one should not forget about the so-called unconventional food. It is foolish to doom yourself to starvation only because the foods around you have an unusual appearance, taste and smell. You can allow yourself to grimace with disgust at the sight of a worm crawling out of an apple, but only at home, and not at all in survival in an emergency. Here, if you want to survive, it is better to get rid of old habits like disgust. And the sooner the healthier. 

Non-traditional foods for survival, snakes, frogs, newts, turtles, mollusks, birds, rodents.

Therefore, if in a similar, to put it mildly, difficult situation, a wormy apple fell through the victim’s hands, it should not be thrown away, but, on the contrary, should be eaten completely, to the last bone, and even a worm, excuse me, must be caught and eaten, so how more caloric than the apple itself. And that will be more than right. Our ancestors who lived in the harsh conditions of the struggle while surviving for their own existence, learned this unwritten law firmly. Their menu, in terms of assortment, was much richer than ours. They ate everything. Well, let’s say so, almost everything.

the head is cut off along with the poisonous glands, after which the skin is removed from the head to the tail along with the insides, like a stocking, that is, as it were, twisted to the left side. It is enough to decapitate large snakes, gut it, cutting the abdomen from the head to the anus, and cook it in its own, rough and tough skin, placing it on hot coals and periodically turning over.

After the skin is cracked, the meat should be pulled out and cooked. Very large snakes, also without removing the skins, should be cut into small pieces and baked over a fire. In lizards, the muscles of the back and legs are most delicious. All snakes and lizards in the summer and autumn time of the year in the abdominal cavity stores fat in the form of ribbon-like and round formations that can be used for frying food.

Catching frogs and cooking them for survival in an emergency.

It is incomparably easier to get frogs than snakes. Walk yourself along the swamp with a long stick and hit one after another. You can also hit several times with a flat piece of wood on the water, and when the frog attracted by spanking emerges to the surface, stun it. Either catch the frogs with an improvised net made from a branch bifurcated at the end of the branch and a piece of cloth attached to it, or even a fishing rod by hooking a piece of white or dark rag onto a fishing hook and leading them in front of the frog’s eyes.

Frog food usually uses only fleshy hind legs. Although, in principle, you can eat it whole, removing only the head and entrails. When cooking frogs, it is recommended to lower the skin before lowering them into water. And to make it easier to keep up with meat, hold for a couple of minutes in hot water or scald with boiling water. However, we did not remove the skin and cooked the paws as is. The broth richness did not suffer from this – a thick fat floated on the surface. And the fact that the broth was slightly bitter could not spoil our appetite. In general, he completely resembled his chicken counterpart.

Emergency Survival Tritons.

Tritons can be caught in the same places where the frogs live, looking under the stones and half-rotted tree trunks. Frogs, newts can be boiled, fried on a stick over the corners of a fire or baked on hot stones. Unlike frogs, their close relatives – toads and some species of salamanders (spotted, black, fiery) – are not suitable for food. On the skin of toads and salamanders, there are many poisonous glands called “warts” that secrete poison or fluids that smell strongly and irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes. Large toads can spray toxic fluid up to 1 meter.

Toad poison and salamander in emergency survival.

The poison of toads and salamander can be dangerous if it enters the oral cavity of a person. For example, for dogs, the lethal dose is 0.0009 g of toad poison per 1 kg of weight. True, this poison has a nauseating, very bitter taste, which is a natural protective barrier for curious gourmets. Poison is not dangerous for the skin, moreover, according to traditional medicine, it promotes wound healing. In contact with eyes, poison causes burning and lacrimation..

Catching and preparing turtles for survival in an emergency.

Edible marsh and desert turtles. Moreover, the most delicious are those that eat only plant foods. Carnivorous meat is less pleasant. The tortoise can be cooked right in the shell, pre-coated with a layer of clay and laid back on hot coals. In another case, a live turtle descends into boiling water and cooks until a shell leaves it. After that, all the dense muscles are cut out of it, from which the soup is prepared. Large leathery eggs found in the abdominal cavity of female turtles are very nutritious..

The collection and cooking of shellfish during survival in an emergency.

Bivalves of fresh and slightly salted waters are suitable for food bivalves. That is, rivers, streams, swamps, lakes and semi-fresh seas – such as the Caspian, Aral, Azov and the like. Almost all freshwater mollusks are considered edible. But of particular nutritional value are toothless, comb Far Eastern, zebra mussel, pearl mussel, barley and some others. Bivalve mollusks should be boiled or scalded with boiling water and, after the leaves are opened, cut all the meat. Or, putting a knife through the gap between the wings, cut the locking muscles. You should not take mollusks that, when touched, do not close the sash tightly. This may indicate that they are dead. Freshwater mollusks are often infected with parasites, and therefore they should be boiled well to destroy the parasites themselves and their eggs.

Catching and eating birds for survival in an emergency.

Just like frogs, newts, snakes and shells, one should not refuse to hunt unattractive birds in the hope of finding something more or less reminiscent of a domestic chicken or turkey. The taste of the bird does not depend on its appearance. The same raven and jackdaw in some areas of Germany and France since ancient times was revered as a treat. The Chinese are happy to eat falcons, owls and storks. If possible, do not eat carrion birds, as they are carriers of infections, as well as ticks and lice. If necessary, they must first be boiled for at least 20 minutes in order to kill all the parasites, and only then fry or stew.

It is easiest to get birds during the nesting and hatching period of chicks. At this time, they are less afraid of a person, so there is an opportunity, after tracking the nest during the day, to get close to it at night when the birds are sleeping, and catch them with your hand or a loop attached to the end of the pole. Many polar birds, such as owls, partridges and others, let a person get so close in winter that they can be stunned with a stick or even grabbed by hand. Only you need to approach them very slowly and without making sudden movements. You can find nests on cliffs and high banks facing the reservoir, on the crowns of trees, in a dense shrub. It is enough to observe the direction of flight and the behavior of birds in order to calculate the place of their nesting. In addition to the birds themselves, in the nests you can get eggs and fledglings.

Catching and eating mice during survival in an emergency.

Mice and other small burrowing rodents are also useful for food. True, they are difficult to gut. But you can do without it. One Canadian zoologist, who had been watching the wolf family for many months, decided to check their daily menu. And he began with mice, remembering that mice make up a significant part of the summer nutrition of young wolf cubs. There is even such an expression: “mouse wolves”. The experimenter did not cook the caught mice. I didn’t even gut. And did not remove the skin. I ate as it is. Like the wolves he studies.

And not a day or two. And subsequently claimed that in this form, that is, not cooked and with all the insides, rodents are much more caloric. I can not recommend his recipe with full responsibility, since I myself have not conducted such experiments. But I also will not dare to reject. A man ate – and did not die. But gophers and marmots, I used. And I can testify to their good taste. Especially if you don’t know what this goulash is made of.

Catching and eating rats and hedgehogs during survival in an emergency.

Can be eaten by rats. Despite the disgusting appearance, the meat of rats is quite edible, and with proper cooking it can even be tasty. Contrary to popular belief, rats do not eat poor food, but pose a threat as carriers of diseases and lice. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid the bites of rats and, having not finished and not convinced that they are dead, do not pick up, especially if any defects on the skin are noticeable. When refreshing the carcass of a rat, the entrails, the head and the sacrum should be discarded along with the skin. And thoroughly boil the meat.

Hedgehogs are quite edible. The most convenient way to cook them is in clay. For this, the gutted one is coated with a thick layer of clay and rolled into a bonfire or laid on coal. After cooking, after about 1.5-2 hours, the needles and the skin of the hedgehog lag along with clay. I hope the above information convinced the reader that the most unattractive-looking birds, terrestrial, including poisonous snakes, mice, and frogs can completely replace the usual chops and steaks in emergency conditions. And also, if you don’t be particularly picky, you can eat moles, lizards, bats and the like animals during survival.

Based on materials from the School of Survival in Natural Conditions.
Andrey Ilyichev.

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