Snake Bite Photo — Dramatic Rescue Before Bone-Chilling Foot Pic

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Now we know how the guy with THE GROSSEST PICTURE ON THE INTERNET survived a poisonous snake bite to his foot … which caused his flesh to rot down to the bone.

We”re warning you … the photo is TRULY HORRIBLE … the ones above are tame by comparison. If you MUST see it, click here … (don”t).

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 our sources … “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.”

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.