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ColoradoSurvival.com Tip 001 - Know Your Snakes!
Know Your Snakes! - Knowing which snake is which in your region can help your chances of survival drastically. Here in South-Central-ish Colorado there are definitely dangerous and poisonous Rattlesnakes, which could potentially ruin your day. Pictured (at left) is a Bull Snake, which is non-poisonous. Although they can bite, they usually don't, and are rather easy to catch by using one hand to firmly grab immediately behind the head, and the other hand to grab closer to the tail, limiting it's ability to move. You can pretty much ignore all the hissing and show-boating of the Bull Snake, they are relatively harmless. The larger the snake, the more meat you can harvest from it in a survival situation.
Although one should avoid Rattlesnakes entirely in most cases, virtually all snakes are edible, including Rattlers, just be sure you don't eat the head, which is where venomous snakes store their poison. Be sure not to eat any semi-digested rodent or animal found inside a poisonous snake because the snake has likely injected it's venom into any prey found in it's stomach. Animals and food found inside non-venomous snakes, however, should be considered a food bonus in a survival situation.
ColoradoSurvival.com Tip 002 - Add a CD to your Survival Kit!
Add a CD to your Survival Kit! - Use an old and/or scratched Compact Disc (CD) for a signal mirror in your survival kit. Obviously this option saves you some money instead of buying a fancy one, but CDs are also larger than the signal mirrors you can buy on the market these days. Use the center hole to aim your signal flash by looking through it and sighting the target (a passing airplane, helicopter, ship, hiker, etc.) and make sure you are at an angle that allows you to reflect the sunlight (the sun shouldn't be behind you). Practice on distant rocks, trees, or friends when you get the chance before an emergency happens and you really need it to work so you can get the attention of your team or be rescued.
ColoradoSurvival.com Tip 003 - Look for Pinon Wood with Lots of Pitch!
Look For Pinon Wood with Lots of Pitch! - Pinon wood is relatively dry when it's alive, and super-dry when it's dead. It burns with alot of thick smoke and shouldn't be used in tents or teepees (except in a woodstove), but when all that hard pitch (dried sap) is bubbled up on the wood you can count on it to burn hot and fast. The pitch is borderline flammable and burns at a high temperature. Because of these characteristics, pinon wood is good for fire starter material and larger burning logs can be used to "dry out" and ignite other types of wood that may be damp or moist. Make sure you have enough, and don't forget to check live pinon trees for dead branches, they usually have quite a few that can be easily broken off and used for kindling.
 
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