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10 Things You Should Never Eat in the Wild


This botanical drawing of two common poisonous plants (hemlock on the left and foxglove on the right) was published in 1890. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images
This botanical drawing of two common poisonous plants (hemlock on the left and foxglove on the right) was published in 1890. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images

We're often told that it's not too difficult to survive in the wilderness. There are loads of edible plants and fruits out there, plus nourishing birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. If you have any doubts, just watch "Survivor." Contestants are given meager rations of rice when they're left in a remote locale. Over the seasons, contestants have supplemented this sparse nutrition with everything from coconuts and tapioca roots to rats and stingrays, all culled from their wild surroundings.

Inedible foods in the wilderness doesn't get as much attention. And not only inedible "foods," but plants, fish and mammals that are actually dangerous to consume.

So if you find yourself hungry during a walk in the woods, don't randomly pick and consume something that looks appealing and innocent. One nibble just might knock you off your feet. Here are 10 to watch out for.

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