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To Survive a Jungle

Cobra Gold is the Asia-Pacific region's largest multinational military exercise. Taking place in Thailand, the annual event is held to support a stronger relationship between the Royal Thai Armed Forces and other countries.

Jungle Skills Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Jungle Skills The exercise is part of a day 10-day event which began on February 13. The seven countries participating are Thailand, the U.S., Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Singapore. Pictured: A Thai marine shows the fangs of a cobra. Into the Jungle Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Into the Jungle In war, you must be ready for anything. To ensure that U.S. and Thai marines are prepared for the particular threats of jungle warfare, troops from both countries participate in a joint program to learn worst-case scenario survival skills. This has become known as the Cobra Gold survival exercises. Pictured: A Thai marine handles a cobra. Anything That Moves Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Anything That Moves Here, a marine handles a millipede, but the exercises quickly got less playful: The marines had to drink snake blood and eat scorpions—both of which could end up being a vital source of nutrition should a marine become separated from his comrades in the jungle. Survival of the Fittest Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Survival of the Fittest They also learned how to get water from a vine and how to make fires. Eye to Eye Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Eye to Eye "You're either the prey or the predator," a US soldier told the AFP in this video Facing Your Fears Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Facing Your Fears "Everything that’s spooky in the dark and everything you’re afraid of outside, is going to be your food for the night," he continued.