How to find water in a tropical region for survival?

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Summary: The first and foremost need of an individual to survive is water. Finding the right water resource when you are stranded in a tropical region might become an arduous task in which many have failed till date. Hence, knowing the basics is quite a necessity.

Dry and arid tropical regions are the places where finding water becomes a task that gives hard time to the individual. However, by gaining the basic knowledge of the surroundings and few fact files of varied animals, you can surely learn how to find water in a tropical region. There are many other ways to find water like the plants and also at times by collecting dew drops.

Find Water Resources with the Help of Animals

There a multitude of bees, birds and insects found in the tropical region which are indicators for availability of water in the vicinity. The most common of them all are the bees, mason flies, the big black -yellow hornet-like, all the grain eaters and pigeons. By gaining a complete know-how of these creatures, one can apparently find the hidden pockets of water in the tropical region.

1. Bees

If you find a bee-hive, then be sure that there is a water resource within three or four miles itself. The travel nature of bees is one mile in 12 minutes, this way you can be assured that water is truly available in the nearby neighborhood.

2. Black Ants

Follow the trail of ants that are running into the hole of a tree. The ants always remain close to fresh water, this way; you will know a great fresh water resource. The hole into which the ants travel to, is full of water and this can be checked by inserting a straw into the tree opening. You need not chop the tree to get water; instead, you can enlarge the hole with the help of a knife and thus collect the water. Natural tree reservoirs are quite commonly available in tropical regions.

3. Hornet-like Creatures and the mason’s Flies

The presence of these creatures is an indication of wet earth within hundred yards. By carefully examining the flies and upon reaching the wet soil area, try to dig up a few inches and you would surely find a small spring of water which is fresh and clear.

4. Birds or Grain Eaters

Pigeons are an assured indicator of water resource. Following a pigeon that is flying slowly in one direction will take you to a water resource as pigeons need water during dusk. The presence of grain eaters and mostly ground feeders are an indication that water resource is just a few miles away.

5. Mammals

Animals and birds require water at regular intervals and following these groups can surely lead to a water spring. There are some animals like pigs and grazing animals that do not steer away from the water. This way you can be quite sure of finding a water resource close by. 

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