Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Indonesian man found dead inside giant python

Indonesian man found dead inside giant python

Akbar Salubiro, 25, had gone to harvest palm oil on his plantation on the Sulawesi Island on the recently past Sunday. It's not uncommon for a reticulated python to have a big belly, especially after gulping down a scrumptious meal, but it seems that that snake's abdomen was larger than usual.

Junaidi said that the snake swallowed Akbar whole and that this was the only such fatality recorded in the region.

Fearing the worst, Akbar's uncle and the rest of the search party chose to decapitate the 23-foot-long reticulated python and to tear open its abdomen.

Villagers found the remains of an Indonesian man inside the belly of a seven-meter long python.

A six-minute video obtained by CBS News on Wednesday shows villagers slicing open the python's carcass to reveal the legs and torso of the dead victim, named Akbar.

"They didn't find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch", Mashura, who goes by his first name, told BBC Indonesia. Hanging from a low branch, Akbar's uncle and the villagers discovered a coiled 23-foot-long python which looked very odd.

Pythons, which are commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines, rarely attempt to eat humans, though there are sporadic reports of them swallowing young kids. When his family became concerned over the missing man's whereabouts, they spotted the python in Mr. Salubiro's backyard looking a little, well, full.

According to AsiaOne, reticulated pythons "suffocate their victims before swallowing them whole". It is believed the snake choked while trying to consume the man.

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