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Indonesian Man Was Swallowed Whole By A Python, Villagers Claim

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Gage Cohen Contributor
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Residents of Sulawesi, Indonesia claim that one of their fellow citizens was swallowed by a python snake, according to the Associated Press.

The hapless man identified only as Akbar, who worked with palm oil crops on the large Indonesian island, reportedly went missing on Monday. Others from the Salubiro village where Akbar lived began to look for him after he had not returned home from work.

After searching for Akbar, some villagers reportedly stumbled upon a pile of palm oil fruit – the type picked by Akbar – a boot, a tool and an extremely large Python coiled up nearby.

Junaedi claimed the snake was about 7 meters (23 feet) long and extremely fat.

The villagers then cut up the snake and posted a video of it on the Tribun Timur newsite. They claimed to find Akbar’s legs and torso.

Junaedi told the AP that: “When its stomach was cut, we first saw his boot and legs near the neck…it seems he was attacked from behind because we found a wound on his back.”

Reticulated pythons like the one that may have attacked Akbar rarely attack humans, but have been known to swallow other mammals in the wild. These pythons live in many countries in Southeast Asia, like Indonesia, and attack their prey by attacking their prey with their sharp, curved teeth. They then squeeze the life out of their victim and swallow it whole.

If you are visiting Indonesia, perhaps it is best to keep an eye or two open.