While we were growing up, we were told many little survival myths that were supposed to help us in extreme situations. For example, in many fictional stories, when a character is confronted by a T-Rex, the solution is usually to stand still, “because a T-Rex only senses movement.” This may be fun in fiction, but we all know a real encounter with a prehistoric monster would be most treacherous.
Unfortunately, there are several survival myths that are widely known but not the most accurate. They could cost you your life.
- Myth #1: You can suck the venom out of a snakebite.
When a snake bites you, the venom is injected directly into the bloodstream, if you suck the wound, you risk spreading the venom to your mouth, making it kill you faster. When you get bit by a venomous snake, hold the wound over your chest, this will keep the blood flow from reaching your heart for a longer duration.
- Myth #2: Play dead when confronted with a bear.
This only works in some situations. The first thing you should do is try to sidestep away slowly to avoid tripping. If you are charged by a brown or grizzly bear, lay with your face down, keeping your hands clasped around your neck. If you are charged by a black bear, DO NOT play dead. That will not stop them from attacking you. Instead, try to run or fight the bear off. The best thing, in this case, would be to have a canister of bear pepper spray.
- Myth #3: When lost, find a food source immediately.
This is a myth because a healthy human can survive up to 6 weeks without food. The best thing to do would be to find shelter and a source of water.
- Myth #4: Moss only grows on the north side of trees.
Moss grows wherever the conditions are moist and cool. The north side of the tree is most likely to receive the least amount of sunlight. In the woods, any side of the tree can be shaded.
- Myth #5: When a shark attacks, punch it in the nose.
When you are underwater it is extremely difficult to land solid punches. Instead, claw and scratch at its eyes.
For more information, check out the following video below: 5 Outdoor Survival Myths That Can Get You Killed.