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'Naked and Afraid'

Snake Eats Producer's Foot

5/2/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This may be the most disturbing thing you see in the month of May ... a deadly snake bit a TV producer in the foot ... and the damage is bone-chilling -- literally and figuratively.

WARNING:  If you have a weak stomach ... DO NOT CLICK HERE.

The zombie foot belongs to Steve Rankin ... a producer on the upcoming Discovery show "Naked and Afraid," which drops 2 nude survivalists in remote locations and films their struggle to stay alive.  

Rankin tells TMZ ... "I was scouting locations in Costa Rica ... As I was traversing through some deep jungle I was bitten on the foot by a Fer-de-Lance. It's one of the deadliest snakes in the world and the fangs went right through my boot."

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Rankin says his team hustled him for 2 miles on a makeshift stretcher, drove to a helipad and had him airlifted to a San Jose hospital ... where he got antivenom and antibiotics. But things went horribly wrong ...

"About 5 days later the flesh in my foot had started to rot," he said ... surgeons in Costa Rica had to cut away a serious chunk of it ... he was then rushed back to L.A. for skin grafts. He says he's recovering nicely now.

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IwuvTMZ    

That's ssssssssscary.

510 days ago
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Mick    

One word: Steel Toe

510 days ago
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OH NO!    

These survivalist show morons are retarded. Find a better way to make a living.

510 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

He is Very Very Lucky He didn't need a Metal Leg as a Replacement....................And Speaking Of Metal Body Parts, IronMan 3 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and IMAX 3D and in JAPAN in 4D is going to make $6OO Million Dollars by this Monday May 6 and over $1.1 Billion Dollars in Total....

510 days ago
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Soiled Midget Panties    

Oh my soiled midget panties, I wish I didn't click that... 'cause I fapped HARD and violently to it.

510 days ago
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Hollywood    

Looked a lot better than I first imagined. Still wicked gross.

510 days ago
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Good riddance!    

Yeah, that'll leave a mark... OUCH!!!

510 days ago
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BabaBooey    

That snake showed him. Guess I now know to put lightweight metal plates in my boots if I ever explore a jungle.

509 days ago
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Marge    

Exactly what is TRULY HORRIBLE...some exposed bones? Meat-eaters don't seem so sensitive about seeing the bones of their meal...

509 days ago
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Canada Guy    

Ok, 2 things here...If he is a "naked survivalist" why was he wearing boots, and secondly...who the flippin' heck would watch a show like that?

509 days ago
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crystals    

OMG I LOOKED AT THE PICTURE!!!!!!!!

509 days ago
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LisaL    

Wow, that photo is, just wow. So weird how clean the bones look.
Scary that one bite can cause that much damage.

509 days ago
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Kay    

That wound had been cleaned and disinfected. The real "before" pictures would be much worse. Anyway, it's nice that he is recovering.

509 days ago
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Selden83    

I admit I was curious to see the bite, and I cant un see that. My god, visible tendons.

509 days ago
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Cricket    

Another stupid "reality " idea. I'm glad he's recovering though,. Best wishes.

509 days ago
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