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Jaclyn McCaffrey, left, and Adam Young, right, of Indialantic, teamed up on Discovery Channel‚??s ‚??Naked and Afraid.‚?Ě The episode aired Sunday night. / Discovery Channel

Menaced by prowling pumas and poisonous snakes, Indialantic, Florida resident Adam Young survived nighttime temperatures in the 40s deep in the mountainous jungle of Nicaragua for weeks, catching and chewing crabs, snails, an earthworm and a lizard.

Buck naked.

The 29-year-old coach at Maverick CrossFit in Melbourne, Florida, starred in Sunday night's episode of Naked and Afraid on Discovery Channel.

Young lost 25 pounds during the three-week ordeal. He formed a bond with his unclothed female partner, Jaclyn McCaffrey, a 25-year-old spiritual vegetarian from Arizona.

"Meeting a complete stranger butt naked for the first time: It's a little weird. But I'm really focusing on the task at hand," Young told a cameraman at the start of the challenge.

The nude duo received a primitive map of the vicinity, a large knife and a fire-starting kit. Dropped off in the jungle about 2,500 feet above sea level near a 150-foot waterfall, they fashioned a crude shelter from vegetation and huddled together at night for warmth.

A few nights later, they heard a puma growling nearby - much to their alarm. Young discovered large paw prints after daybreak and fashioned a spear-like defensive weapon.

The sleep-deprived survivalists later moved their camp into a cave that was infested with hundreds of spiders and insects.

Young nearly stepped on a fer-de-lance, a highly venomous pit viper. He killed the deadly snake, chopped off its head, gutted and skinned it, cooked it over fire and ate it - "now we've got supper," he remarked.

Last year, a Naked and Afraid producer nearly had his foot amputated after he was bitten by a fer-de-lance while scouting locations in Costa Rica. Much of his flesh rotted off his foot, and he endured multiple surgeries and skin grafts.

McCaffrey batted dehydration and finally ate meat to ward off starvation on Day 17. How? They captured, cooked and shared a small lizard that had the protein equivalent of one chicken nugget. She lost 18 pounds in three weeks.

"You know, as tough as this challenge is, I feel like Jaclyn and I did well. I think there was genuine care for each other throughout this. And I think we're walking away with a bond that not many other people can say that they have," Young told a cameraman at adventure's end.

"My mind's saturated with all kinds of new things. It's OK to kind of get in touch more with my spiritual side. That really wasn't something I did much," he said.

Young was selected for the show in January - though his mother wondered aloud, "Can't you find a survival show where they keep their clothes on?" He got shipped into the heart of Nicaragua in early March for filming.

To prepare for his au naturel adventure, Young practiced primitive camping skills on Florida's Indian River Lagoon spoil islands; trained at Maverick CrossFit five days per week; consumed junk food to beef up from 180 to 185 pounds; and read about polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival adventures in Antarctica.

"I'm not a nude guy, by any means. The longest I'd been nude is changing out of the shower or something like that. It's awkward at first. There's no way around it," Young said.

"But to be honest, that kind of stuff quickly goes out the window when you're worried about, 'What am I going to eat? Where am I going to find something to drink?'" he said.

Naked and Afraid airs Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern on Discovery.



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