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11 Weird Animals You Can Eat in "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater"

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Snake eating a snake in MGS3

Snake eating a snake in MGS3

Eating in MGS3

In Metal Gear Solid 3, you play as a spy code-named "Snake" who attempts to stop terrorists from conquering the world. The game features stealth, action, and sometimes, shall we say, exotic meals. Snake must travel through jungles to reach his destinations; along the way, he has to procure his own nourishment, so you'll track wildlife for him to dine on.

For instance, you'll snack on various serpents throughout your quest (finally, some honest advertising in a game title). Eating animals restores Snake's stamina gauge, keeping him in fit condition to combat enemies, so it's important to indulge your cravings. And Snake's got quite some appetite—here are 11 of the weirdest animals he eats in MGS3!

Markhor

Markhor

11. Markhor

Taste: Tasty
Danger Level: Low
Stamina Recovery: High

Markhors are large goat native to various Middle Eastern environments. They're 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

While there's only one Alexandrine Parakeet in the game, you can indeed find and devour it. And if that doesn't make you feel guilty, note he's the treasured companion of a boss you'll face—will you show mercy by sparing the feathered friend, or add Tweety here to the endangered list?

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. In real life, they should be avoided as they can carry rabies. In Snake Eater, they pose little threat, but their minimal stamina recovery is a paltry reward for your hunt.

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 are known to hunt crocodiles and have no natural predators. Except humans—particularly hungry ones code-named Snake.

Hornet's Nest

Hornet's Nest

7. Baltic Hornet's Nest

Taste: Tasty
Danger Level: Medium
Stamina Recovery: Moderate

In real life, there is no Baltic Hornet, 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; it's encountered in Southeast Asia. They're noted to be aggressive; if you find one in real life, try removing an article of clothing and tossing it to the ground to distract it as you escape. In MGS3, 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

The formidable Emperor Scorpion inhabits Western Africa. Believed to be the largest scorpion in the world, Emperors are not to be trifled with—their stings are poisonous and often 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 a colorful design. Females live longer and grow larger than males, and you can find them in Southeast Asia, but watch out for their poisonous bites. Just like the Emperor Scorpion, you can either 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 amphibians look pretty but carry enough poison to kill 25 men; keep Snake and his monstrous appetite away! Crafty players can capture the frogs, prepare them for consumption, and drop 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, who are sometimes referred to as "Les Infants Terrible." In the later stages of your adventure, three silver snakes named after the trio can be captured. Their species isn't clear, but they provide an excellent stamina recovery and pose no danger to you!

The mythical snake Tsuchinoko

The mythical snake Tsuchinoko

1. Tsuchinoko

Taste: Outstanding
Danger Level: None
Stamina Recovery: High

The number one edible creature is none other than the legendary Tsuchinoko, a mythical snake-like creature with a wider body than most serpents. Rather than slithering forward like snakes, he moves in a straight line, similar to an inchworm. He's like Japan's Bigfoot; rumored to exist, but never captured, and Pokémon fans may remember Dunsparce, who was inspired by him.

Laying a mousetrap in the right area of Snake Eater can catch this rare serpent, who provides an awesome boost to stamina when eaten.

Future of Metal Gear

Metal Gear has offered several newer games since Snake Eater, but many fans (myself included) remember MGS3 as a favorite, with its unique eating mechanic being both fun and useful. Hearing your radio support react to the animals you hunt is always entertaining, and the health restored from snacking proves crucial to Snake's success.

I highly recommend Snake Eater to any stealth/action fan, but for now, as we eagerly await Konami's next electronic adventure, share what animal you'd sample and I'll see you at our next gaming countdown!

© 2015 Jeremy Gill