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Video: Marines drink cobra blood, eat scorpions

Jungle survival training is a rite of passage for Marines and sailors who take part in the annual Cobra Gold exercise in Thailand.

Each year, Thai troops show their U.S. counterparts what plants and animals they can eat and what they can drink if they ever find themselves in the jungle without a prepackaged, American-made "meal ready to eat."

As in years past, Marines and sailors got a taste of cobra blood and other jungle delicacies.

Marines are Snake Eaters

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Arpino describes bilateral training with Thai Marines during Exercise Cobra Gold 17 at Ban Chan Krem, February 17. Cobra Gold is the largest Theater Security Cooperation exercise in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and is an integral part of the U.S. commitment to strengthen engagement in the region. Arpino, from Lake Orion, Michigan, is a mortarman with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Marine Corps video by Cpl. Steven Tran)
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