Hello, my name is Dan. I am 9 years old. What kind of plant or animal can I eat in the wild?
seems to be a popular topic, because the very last question I answered was about
what plants you could eat in the wild. You can scroll down to see what I said
about that. But you also asked about animals, which is a bit different. Why?
Because almost any animal you find in the wilderness is edibleÖ they just donít
always taste very good! It depends on what they eat and where they live. But
watch out-- there are a few deadly ones out there. Like certain kinds of frogs
and salamanders that have poisonous skin.
why I always tell people to look at some books and field guides about the areas
they will be traveling in, so they can become familiar with the local knowledge
about what you can and canít do in that kind of wilderness. There are a lot of
these that you can either buy or request from your own library. You might be
interested in one of my favorites for general survival skills called, The
Boy's Book of Outdoor Survival by
for writing, Dan. And remember: the best way to stay safe in the wilderness is
to go prepared!
Other questions the
has been asked:
you eat and what can you not eat
in the wilderness?
Dear Future Survivor,
You must be
careful eating plants in the wild. There are lots of plants that are very
harmful to humans. The human body can go for 30 days without eating. What you
really need is water. You should decide whether it is going to be more
beneficial for you to go hungry or risk eating something and getting sick. If
you really need to eat some of the vegetation, rub it on your skin first. If
you break out or itch in 24 hours then it is NOT edible. If that test passes;
put some on your tongue for a minute and spit it out. If it makes you sick in
the next 24 hours, it is not edible. Finally if those tests have gone well you
can eat it, but just a little bit, you guessed it; wait 24 hours to see if it
makes you sick. After that test it is more than likely ok to eat.
recommend you get a book that is specific to your area and study the local
edibles. You can also talk to the locals to find out what is edible (That is what
does before his shows).
Contact your local college: sometimes they have good classes on local flora and
fauna that can be great fun starting your knowledge of plants in your area.
Thank you for
your question, I know lots of people were wondering the same thing.
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