The jungle's dangers include "lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" The vegetation can also be hazardous. Plants in the wilderness such as curare vine and poison ivy are challenging to identify, which makes these plants and the jungle unsafe.
You may believe that jungles and forests are the same, but there is a difference. Although the terms can be used interchangeably, "jungles" refer to dense forests that are covered in shrubs and shorter trees. "Forests" on the other hand, have tall trees with less shrubbery. Jungles are wild and vast. The Amazon Rainforest is the biggest jungle in the world. 1/5th of the world's plants and birds are found in the Amazon. A wild forest filled with toxic plants and wild animals such as tarantulas, rattlesnakes, anacondas, piranhas, and jaguars doesn't sound like a typical trip to the zoo. Conversely, it sounds like a total nightmare.
Despite the dangers associated with jungles, they are a popular destination for tourists. Inherent risks make avoiding the jungle altogether a wise option. Heed these warnings or visit the jungle; the choice is yours. These are 25 pictures that show us why we should stay out of the jungle.
25 Don't Look Back At The Chasing Elephant!
There are multiple photos of people being chased by elephants on the internet. Wild elephants are unlike their domesticated counterpart. The type of elephant and their personal experiences can influence its actions, but elephants in the wild should be approached with caution. An African baby elephant weighs 200-300 pounds! More than the weight of an adult human.
Once an elephant reaches adulthood, it maintains a weight of approximately 5,000-14,000 pounds.
The temperament of an elephant is comparable to a human, meaning they can be aggressive. Efforts are being put forward to conserve African elephants who have been hunted to the brink of extinction for their ivory tusks.
24 Vampiric Fish Attack Prey More Than Twice Their Size
With fangs like the ones the Payara has, jungle rivers are not the ideal swimming spot. Rivers near cities and towns often have controlled fish populations. Controlled fish populations rarely exist in the wilderness. Vampiric fish such as payara, candiru, and lamprey eels are found instead.
Vampiric fish are characterized by having sharp teeth with at least two large fangs near the front of their mouths.
Piranhas, alligators, electric eel, and other water creatures make jungle rivers a dangerous place to swim. Despite there being other more dangerous creatures in the water, vampiric fish alone are creepy enough to want to avoid the jungle.
23 Creepy Crawly Bugs Everywhere You Go
The Amazonian giant centipede is unlike other centipede found in the world since it is much larger in size and is venomous. A bite from an Amazonian giant centipede could land you in the hospital, or worse.
One man fell into unfortunate circumstances after finding an Amazonian giant centipede in his soda can.
Bugs that are venomous and grotesque are abundant throughout jungles like the Amazon rainforest. The Amazonian giant centipede is also known as scolopendra gigantea and the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede.
22 Bengal Tigers may be beautiful, but they are not pets
The jungle contains predatory animals such as lions, tigers, and bears. Head to the State of Western Bengal in India to see some of the most magnificent tigers in the world. Of course, Bengal tigers should be viewed in a zoo enclosure and not in the middle of the jungle.
Bengal tigers will eat anything, so it's not advisable to approach one.
Despite there being documented cases of humans living alongside tigers, the circumstances for that to take place are rare. Tigers who live with humans are integrated at birth. Bengal tigers are endangered but still appear in the jungle.
21 Wildlife Blends Into The Environment
Camouflage is a survival technique that animals use in the jungle and the rest of the world. In the jungle, snakes and other wildlife blend into the environment to be safe from predators and to hunt prey.
Animals in the woodland can sit in areas that match their color, but there are also creatures such as the chameleon who can change their color to blend into their environment.
Tourists who plan to visit the jungle should pay attention to their surroundings. Animals such as lizards, birds, frogs, and snakes use camouflage. You probably wouldn't want to notice the tree you are leaning against has a disguised poisonous frog on its bark.
20 A Burmese Python Will Eat Almost Anything
The Burmese python is an admirable creature for its tremendously flexible jaws and razor-sharp teeth. Head to the jungles of Southeast Asia to find this enormous snake. Spanning nearly 23-feet in length, they are one of the largest snakes in the world. Their primary source of food is small animals and birds.
They constrict prey such as monkeys and pigs then bite.
It is rare for a Burmese python to attack humans, but don't get too comfortable around them. In March 2017, a Burmese python swallowed a 25-year old man. Now, do you still want to visit the jungle?
19 Golden Poison Dart Frogs Are Toxic
They can blend into the environment because they look like plants of the jungle. Although some individuals expect large animals to be the most dangerous, the jungle is host to various small creatures who pose a risk to humans.
Golden poison dart frogs have venom with enough toxicity to cause misfortune to ten adult humans.
They are small, can blend into the environment, and can shoot toxic projectiles, so you might not spot a golden poison dart frog. Golden poison dart frogs are the most poisonous frogs in the world, and one of the most toxic animals period.
18 Giant Spiders Are Eight-Legged Freaks
A tarantula can be 28 centimeters in length; about the size of a small ruler. They are venomous and one of the spiders you'll want to avoid in the jungle. It's not the most dangerous spider, but because of its imposing appearance and size, it's one of the most creepy spiders of the jungle.
The goliath bird-eating tarantula is the biggest spider we've found in the world, so far.
Located in the rainforests of South America, the goliath bird-eating tarantula seldom eats birds. Unless provoked the goliath bird-eating tarantula doesn't attack people. Pray that one doesn't fall on your shoulder while in the jungle.
17 Even Experienced Drivers Can Encounter Problems
A jungle's nearby town will likely have at least one person that is familiar with the area. Surely, you'll need a tour guide when venturing in the wilderness. Much of the jungle looks the same, making it one of the most confusing places to navigate.
In addition to a cell phone with GPS, a compass should be packed for a jungle adventure.
The jungle is the wilderness and roads are not maintained. Finding a car-safe path would be a stroke of luck. Even the most experienced tour guides and drivers incur vehicular-related problems in the wilderness. If you must visit the jungle, do so without a vehicle.
16 Mosquitoes Are The Jungle's Most Dangerous Animals
Despite the jungle containing ferocious animals such as tigers, panthers, anacondas, jaguars, piranhas, and rattlesnakes, there is one that is more unsafe than all of them. Some may be surprised that the mosquito is the jungle's most dangerous creature. Unique clothing for jungle visitors is designed to repel mosquitoes.
Since mosquitoes can transmit diseases and viruses, you wouldn't want to be bitten by one in a jungle.
Of over 3,000 species, only a few hundred find nourishment from humans. Those infected with the Zika virus could give birth to offspring with small heads. Mosquitoes also carry diseases like malaria, the West Nile virus, yellow fever, and dengue fever.
15 The Amazon's Boiling River Is Hazardous To Wildlife
We know the jungle can be warm, but it's undoubtedly not warm enough to keep a river at a constant boiling temperature. There is a river in the Amazon rainforest that ends the life of almost anything that falls into it. The river maintains a temperature between 24 degrees Celsius and 94 degrees Celsius.
It has a maximum temperature that is warm enough to boil an egg.
The boiling river of the Amazon rainforest is not heated by volcanic activity. Instead, it is a natural feature that is heated by a geothermal feature. The high amount of heat is just by chance and not related to volcanoes.
14 Beware Of The Jungle
Some consider the conditions of a forest and a jungle to be the same, but they are wrong. Jungles are far more dense, with more trees, shrubs, and tall grass. Forests are easier to walk through whereas jungles are so overgrown that the only place you'll want to head is out of there.
An experienced woodsman may encounter problems in the jungle.
You'll need to be a skilled navigator, someone who can make a campfire if necessary, and an animal expert who knows which animals to avoid. There are cool sights such as waterfalls and rivers, but only experts should venture far into a jungle. It's uncertain what dangers one might face.
13 Boats Are Likely To Sink
Just because you had the awareness to bring a boat into the jungle, doesn't mean that you are safe from a travesty. It should be obvious that a ship can sink in a jungle's river. Dangerous creatures can also fall from the trees above and onto a boat.
Your boat could end up sinking if in the jungle.
Perhaps a map will prevent you from becoming lost. The upside to taking a boat in the jungle is that you can easily follow a river back from where you came from to find your way home. Typically, people don't navigate expensive boats through jungles.
12 Birds Can Attack
Birds of the jungle need to eat food to survive. A bird such as the red-tailed hawk can attack humans if they become protective of their territory. There are also owls in jungles that can attack. Like many other animals, if their offspring are in danger, they will react out of instinct.
Unsuspectingly, visitors of the jungle could be battered by a bird.
A bird would intend to wound and not more. Their primary diet is small game like snakes, squirrels, and rabbits. The likelihood of someone being attacked by a bird is low, but with an abundance of dangers present in the jungle, birds are another reason to skip the visit.
11 You'll Need A Tour Guide
Certainly, you'll need a tour guide when exploring a confusing wilderness that you've never set foot in before. Jungle areas can be indistinguishable at times, and you'll want to know which animals to avoid. Also, plants in forests such as the Amazon rainforest are poisonous. After being infected with a toxic plant, you may only have hours to retrieve an antidote.
You don't know what to expect when entering jungles such as the jungles of Borneo, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Christmas Island, Peru's cloud forest, or Monteverde cloud forest. The low-lying clouds of Peru's cloud forest can obstruct one's vision making a tour guide beneficial.
10 Creatures Of The Night
There is a time and a place for everything, and sleeping at night in the jungle is not recommended. Since the sun went down, you might feel a location like the Jungles of Borneo is suitable for setting up camp. While you are sleeping, animals such as snakes, tasmanian devils, and panthers are hunting for prey.
Panthers are nocturnal and have predominantly black fur, so they are virtually impossible to spot during the night.
The night safari in Singapore would also be a dangerous place to visit if visitors weren't protected by glass. To be safe, visit animal enclosures with a jungle theme; not the actual jungle.
9 Watch Out For Gorillas
You are exploring the jungle when all of a sudden, a giant gorilla crosses your path. Crossing paths with a gorilla is a possible scenario one may encounter in the jungle. Individuals who are careful and try to avoid animals will most likely be fine.
Gorillas live in packs of about 6-12 and are considered to be the "king of the jungle".
The most useful asset in the wild is intelligence, and gorillas are one of the most intelligent animals alive. Few animals would try to eat a gorilla. Watch gorillas in the zoo; the untamed jungle is far too dangerous.
8 There Are No Rules In The Jungle
There are crocodiles and jaguars in the jungle. In the jungle, there are no rules. The Borneo Jungle contains more than 400 species of animals including rhinos, Sumatran tigers, and various types of elephant. With the presence of numerous ferocious creatures, venturing into the jungle is dangerous.
Animals attack for survival and to protect their children.
A jaguar is one of the largest of the big cats and is considered the strongest pound for pound. Unlike other big cats, which don't usually attack humans, the jaguar is a different case. Please, do not attempt to go near a jaguar's younglings as they will attack aggressively.
7 The Water Is Undrinkable
You may want to purchase a Lifestraw water filter when venturing deep into a jungle. Plenty of people become lost in the jungle and must adapt to their environment. A Lifestar water filter filters 99.9999% of bacteria from water including E. coli.
Jungle waters are among the most unclean in the world.
There are parasites that will make anyone seriously ill. It would be unfortunate to fall sick in the wild. Only the most effective water filters should be used when drinking water from jungle rivers. If lost in the jungle, follow animal tracks for the best chance of finding drinkable water.
6 Trees And Branches Fall In The Forest
"If a tree falls in the forest with no ears to hear, does it make a sound?" It's the old age question that needs to be answered. However, for the time being, let's go over the dangers of venturing into the jungle. Jungles throughout the world are characterized by overgrowth of vegetation and trees.
The density of these forests can make trees grow at an abnormal angle. The enormous sizes of jungles throughout the world make it impractical for people to maintain them. Trees and branches often fall in forests. It's advisable to wear head protection such as a hard hat when in the jungle.