Survival myths that could get you killed

Sucking the venom out of a snakebite:
A snake bite delivers poison directly into the bloodstream. Trying to suck it could transfer the venom to mouth. It could also further infect the wound or cut in our mouth. Instead, hold the limb below or close to the heart level. This may prevent the poison from reaching your heart.


If a shark attacks you, punch it in the nose:
Giving a solid punch on sharks nose underwater is very difficult. Instead, stab or claw at its eyes and gills.


Playing dead during a confrontation with a bear:
This strategy won’t work in all situations. First, try to walk sideways to avoid tripping. If a brown or grizzly bear charges lie face-down with your hands clasped behind your neck. When a black bear charges do not play dead. Instead, try to escape or fight back.


If you are lost in the wild, find a food supply immediately:
A healthy person can survive up to 6 weeks without food. Instead, find water and shelter first. Without water and shelter, we could not survive for 1 full day.


Moss always grows on the north side of a tree:
Moss grows where conditions are moist and cool. North sides of trees are less likely to receive direct sunlight. But in the woods, trees can be shaded from any direction.