Idaho survivalist on 'Naked & Afraid' Sunday night shares behind-the-scenes details

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMarch 23, 2014 

Jeff Zausch, a survivalist from Idaho, showed off his skills on "Naked & Afraid."

As we reported earlier this week, a Pocatello man will be featured in the Discovery Channel's "Naked & Afraid" on Sunday. The show airs at 7 p.m. MST.

Jeff Zausch offered us a list of behind-the-scenes tidbits that fans of the show might enjoy. Here is an edited version of the list he shared:

— At night, a hedgehog-looking creature would visit our cave. We named him Steve. One night he came waddling out of his hole and fell right on top of Eva. She screamed so loud I thought she was being attacked. Then we realized he was just a harmless blind hedgehog. We decided to name him Steve, after the executive producer Steve Rankin.

— On night 20, I was preparing our camp and I came across the largest black scorpion that I had seen the entire journey. I killed it and didn't tell Eva because I didn't want her to freak out. Then several hours later she had one crawl under her neck while sleeping.

— Early on in the challenge my left foot became infected due to stepping on a thorn. So for about a week I had to squeeze white and yellow puss out of my foot every morning. I hid this from the production team because I didn't want them to pull me out like they did with EJ in Tanzania.

— The most disgusting thing I ate during the entire journey was that alien-looking black bug that I found in the gully. It seriously tasted like urine.

— The second boa that I killed was pregnant with eggs. But because we were trying to save the snake skin for a water vessel, we accidentally destroyed all the eggs while case skinning the snake.

— A member of the camera crew asked me an interesting question: Would I rather receive a double bacon cheeseburger with fries and a milkshake, or tickets to the next Dallas Cowboys home game. I told him I would choose the Dallas Cowboys tickets. The entire crew was so shocked and they called me a liar. But, honestly, I would have taken the tickets.

— After I bit the head off the lizard, my body was so full of adrenaline, I seriously felt like I was on drugs.

— I still have my boa loin cloth at home. After I got home, I put it back on and modeled it for my wife.

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