Quicksand is a common and deadly element of jungle and desert terrain, and its most dangerous feature is its ability to suck people and animals down and drown them in a malevolent blend of sand and water. Although most victims blunder blindly into quicksand, it sometimes seems that the merest touch of an extremity is enough to pull the unwary into its muddy and all-consuming depths like iron filings to a magnet. In truth, quicksand while real isn't terribly common, and exerts none of its movie counterpart's mythical "sucking" power. In fact, real quicksand is so dense that you can't sink in it; the usual advice for someone who finds themselves caught in deep quicksand is to simply relax and float on their back. While animals and people do die in quicksand, it's almost never from the sand or drowning -- it's from exposure or dehydration after exhausting themselves struggling against the sand - with the right combination of sand, clay, water, and salt, it is nearly impossible to escape the stuff without help. Also it is possible to struggle badly enough in a panic that you actually do drag yourself down instead of up. Survival guides stress the importance of staying still if this starts to happen.
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Do not try this at home. Or the beach. Or anywhere else, tbh. Good news! That thing where people drown in quicksand is actually pretty unrealistic. In reality, while you could get stuck, you're never going to get dragged under completely. You're less dense than quicksand, so you can't sink unless you're holding heavy items or you struggle and make the quicksand liquify more. It's the same principle that explains why you float in water thanks, Archimedes. It should be easy enough to drag yourself the few feet.