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11 Weird Animals You Can Eat in Metal Gear Solid 3

Updated on March 18, 2018
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Jeremy enjoys gaming when he's not working as a chemical analyst or alumni manager at his old college.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

In Metal Gear Solid 3, you play as a spy codenamed "Snake" who attempts to stop terrorists from conquering the world. The games feature stealth, action, and sometimes exotic meals. Here, Snake must travel through jungles to reach his destination; along the way, he has to procure his own nourishment, so you need to help him find wildlife to eat.

For example, check out the video to see him dig into a large snake. Wow, now that's some honest advertising in a game title. Eating various animals restores Snake's stamina gauge, keeping him in fit condition to combat enemies. Today, we'll take a look at the eleven most intriguing animals Snake can find in his extraordinary journey!

Markhor
Markhor

11. Markhor

Taste: Tasty
Danger Level: Low
Stamina Recovery: High

First up, we have a large goat native to various Middle Eastern environments. Markhors are noted for their long beards, large horns, and pungent smell. Despite the foul odor, Snake happily hunts them and consumes their meat, which provides a healthy boost to his stamina. Would you be willing to try a bite from one of these fellas?

Alexandrine Parakeet
Alexandrine Parakeet

10. Alexandrine Parakeet

Taste: Bad
Danger Level: None
Stamina Recovery: Medium

There's only one Alexandrine Parakeet in the game, but you can find and devour it. Still, do you really want to chew on this birdbrain? He's noted to taste bad, and is a companion of one of the soldiers you'll encounter. Still, Snake's a hungry guy — you decide if he'llchow down on this feathery animal.

Vampire Bat
Vampire Bat

9. Vampire Bat

Taste: Bad
Danger Level: Low
Stamina Recovery: Minimal

Not the most appetizing creature, eh? Vampire bats feed on the blood of mammals — including humans. Do your best to avoid them as they'll sometimes carry rabies. In Metal Gear, they pose little threat, but their minimal stamina recovery makes them barely worth hunting.

Giant Anaconda
Giant Anaconda

8. Giant Anaconda

Taste: Tasty
Danger Level: Low
Stamina Recovery: High

Snake don't want some unless you got meat hun. Thankfully, anacondas are the largest snakes in the animal kingdom and restore a hefty chunk of stamina. They aren't poisonous, but they are known to hunt crocodiles, and have no natural predators. Except humans.

Hornet's Nest
Hornet's Nest

7. Baltic Hornet's Nest

Taste: Tasty
Danger Level: Medium
Stamina Recovery: Moderate

There's no animal called a Baltic Hornet in real life; a shame, since this fictional creature can produce honey just like bees. The hornets themselves can't be eaten, but their nest is described to you (by a member of your radio support team) as the "perfect food for survival". Its honey nourishes your body, and can even be used to treat burns. Just be careful obtaining it; you'll probably have to fend off several angry insects to do so.

King Cobra
King Cobra

6. King Cobra

Taste: Outstanding
Danger Level: Medium
Stamina Recovery: High

The dangerous King Cobra is the largest venomous snake in the world, encountered in Southeast Asia. They're noted to be aggressive; if you ever find one, try removing an article of clothing and tossing it to the ground to distract it as you make your escape. In Metal Gear, Snake should avoid the bites of cobras, but they prove to be a surprisingly delicious meal when he successfully hunts them.

Emperor Scorpion
Emperor Scorpion

5. Emperor Scorpion

Taste: Bad
Danger Level: Medium
Stamina Recovery: Minimum

Next, the formidable Emperor Scorpion, native to Western Africa. Believed to be the largest scorpion in the world, Emperors are not to be trifled with. Their stings are poisonous and can be fatal. In the game, you can snack on them (avoiding the stinger) to regain minimal stamina; alternatively, release them to attack enemy guards.

Cobalt Blue Tarantula
Cobalt Blue Tarantula

4. Cobalt Blue Tarantula

Taste: Bad
Danger Level: Medium
Stamina Recovery: Minimum

Many people hate spiders, but you have to admit the Cobalt Blue has an oddly alluring design. And ladies, you'll appreciate that the females live longer and grow larger than the males. You can find them in Southeast Asia, but watch out for their poisonous bites. Just like the Emperor Scorpion, you can snack on one to replenish a bit of stamina, or set it free to attack guards.

Poison Dart Frog
Poison Dart Frog

3. Poison Dart Frog

Taste: Bad
Danger Level: Medium
Stamina Recovery: Poison

These fellas may look pretty but they're known to carry enough poison to kill 25 men; keep Snake and his monstrous appetite away from them! Crafty players can capture the frogs, prepare them for consumption, then leave the meal near an unsuspecting guard whose digestive tract won't know what hit it.

A silver snake
A silver snake

2. Solid, Liquid, and Solidus

Taste: Outstanding
Danger Level: None
Stamina Recovery: Full

Fans of Metal Gear probably recognize these three titles as the codenames for three genetically related agents in the series, who are sometimes referred to as "Les Infants Terrible". Late in Metal Gear Solid 3, three silver snakes, each with the name of a spy, can be captured. Their species isn't clear, but they provide an excellent stamina recovery and pose no danger to you!

Tsuchinoko
Tsuchinoko

1. Tsuchinoko

Taste: Oustanding
Danger Level: None
Stamina Recovery: High

The number one edible creature is none other than the legendary Tsuchinoko, a mythical snake-like creature said to have a wider body than most serpents. Rather than slithering forward like snakes, he moves in a straight line, similar to an inchworm. This guy is sort of like Bigfoot; rumored to exist, but never captured.

Pokemon fans may remember the creature Dunsparce, whose design was based on the tsuchinoko. In a certain area of Metal Gear 3, laying a mousetrap may actually catch this rare serpent, who provides an awesome boost to stamina when eaten.

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I hope you enjoyed exploring several real (and a few fictional) animals! Snake uses them to fuel his own body, but remember that he's a survival expert — exercise caution around unfamiliar wildlife. Let me know which creature you'd be willing to sample, and I'll see you at our next countdown!

© 2015 Jeremy Gill

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