Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Khao Sok National Park floating jungle huts

When we're not out paddling or hiking in Khao Sok, we're chilling at the floating bungalows. They have several really cool diving platforms at the floating bungalows... good clean fun and entertainment. Or, you can just chill on the deck of your very groovy floating bungalow.

Khao Sok National Park floating jungle hut

Khao Sok National Park floating jungle hut

Bats in the jungle

When you hike through the jungle and come upon a fan palm with the leaves folded over, this is why. Bats hang out here (literally). They bite the leaves to make them fold over. Apparently, this is the help hide them from predators and perhaps to give them a bit more shelter from the rain.

Thailand jungle bats

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Edible ant eggs

On our jungle survival courses you learn how to find food that does require you to waste a lot of energy 'hunting'. These images are of Red Ant eggs for sale on the side of the road in central Laos. Red Ant nests are fairly common throughout the region and in a survival situation they're a very good find.

The ants are edible and the eggs are as well. The eggs are about 12% protein. They're low in fat. The are high in iron. They also have calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and three of the B vitamins: B1, vitamin B2 and B3 (Niacin).

Edible red ant eggs nest

edible ant eggs survival food

wild edible food red ant eggs

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Benefits of eating scorpions

Scorpions tend to have twice the protein content of their relatives, the crabs, but there are some negatives with consuming scorpions. The have tannin and phytate. Both tannin and phytate are water soluble, so boiling the scorpion, then pouring off the water solves that issue. This, however, also gets rid of any water soluble nutrients.

Phytic acid is claim by some scientists to inhibit the absorption of certain minerals, namely calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and chromium. Other scientists claim this to be pure myth based on the fact that humans do produce the enzyme phytase, though the amount varies in individuals, so some folks could have issues while others not.
Some species of scorpions have calcium oxalate. This is not water soluble. In high enough amounts, the calcium oxalate crystals can end up causing kidney issues in the form of stones.

In a survival situation, this is somewhat a moot point as the benefits of eating overrule this downside and it's not like you're going to feast on them.
A very positive aspect of eating scorpions is the calories that they offer. 100 grams offers over 300 kcal of vital energy for your body.

benefits of eating scorpions
Eating scorpions in a survival situation