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'Naked & Afraid' Stars

Competed on Show Despite

Gruesome Warning

6/23/2013 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Talk about fearless ... contestants on "Naked and Afraid" saw how a snake nearly killed one of the TV show's producers -- and still refused to back out of the competition. 

Sources connected to the Discovery show tell TMZ the players were warned after Steve Rankin was bitten by a poisonous fer-de-lance snake while location scouting in Costa Rica. Rankin barely survived, and as we previously reported ... the flesh rotted right off his foot.

We're told honchos warned players they could face the same fate as Rankin, and gave them the option to quit the show ... which drops naked contestants into the wild and watches them survive.

No one backed down from the potentially deadly danger.

Warning: You can see that danger HERE (if you dare).

The first episode airs tonight, and if you've ever wondered how you'd start a fire if you were butt nekkid in Africa -- watch this clip.

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PhilipMarkum    

People will do anything to become famous. Look at Kim Kardashian.

401 days ago
2.

Just_Me    

..............White people......... o_0

401 days ago
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Truth    

Another paid ad posted as a "news" story.

401 days ago
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RealAsTheyCome!    

GOOD FU€EN MORNING AMETICA!!!

401 days ago
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CriticXtreme    

That foot with the snake bite is the only real thing that has ever been on this site besides death.

401 days ago
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tonymelasa    

Dumb sumbitches.

401 days ago
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laffnbear    

There seems to be some confusion.
They are filming in Africa.
The Fer De Lance is from Central and South America.

401 days ago
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Jay W.     

Looks like they'll need to do a little skin grafting off his ass to cover the that foot. Damn that was horrid.

401 days ago
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Ace    

Does she have to jump and down in the mornings to get the bugs out?

401 days ago
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Sir Boo    

Television has truly gone to hell.

401 days ago
11.

soobeedoo    

And the point of this "show" is.....

401 days ago
12.

Azi    

How much more un-entertaining can television become?

401 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

sad how stupid shows like this that arent original or creative at all make people tons of money.

401 days ago
14.

Canadasux    

At least the snake bite doesn't look infected. YIKES!

401 days ago
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MadMel    

I hate to be that person but snakes are poisonous they're venomous.

401 days ago
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