U.S. Marines drink cobra blood in extreme jungle survival training

Drinking cobra blood: It’s better than an episode of “Survivor” meets “Fear Factor” because it’s real and serves a legitimate purpose.

The United States Marines Corps issued a press release Wednesday describing the training with Thailand’s Royal Thai Marines in a joint jungle survival training exercise called “Cobra Gold 2013.”

Members of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit learned from their Thai counterparts how to live off the jungle in order to survive if ever needed.

“Finding food, water and shelter is the difference between life and death. From the leaves on the trees to the bugs crawling across the ground, anything around you can either harm you or help you,” the statement read.

Besides the obvious training in how to identify safe to eat plants, bugs, and fruit, the highlight was learning to catch, kill and eat the apparently nutrition packed King Cobra.

According to the press release, Royal Thai Marine Chief Petty Officer First Class Veing Pimsom explained:
“Drinking the blood of the King Cobra is a survival technique used to maintain hydration deep in the jungle. With all of these techniques combined, an isolated U.S. or Thai Marine could survive off the jungle.”

Cobra Gold 2013 marks the 32nd time the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participated in this type of jungle survival training exercise, the Marine Corps said.

Watch some highlights of the survival training from the Blaze:

Read more from the Marine Corps’ 31st Expeditionary Unit.
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