23-foot python swallows woman whole as she tends to her garden

Arturo Kim
June 17, 2018

While her head was towards the tail of the huge snake, her legs were by its mouth, an indication that she was swallowed head first.

The woman, Wa Tiba, 54, went missing while tending to her vegetable garden near her village on Muna Island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday, according to the village chief, Faris.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A 7-meter-long (23-foot-long) python has swallowed a woman in central Indonesia, a village official said Saturday.

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When she didn't return by Friday morning, her sister went to look for her, but found only her footprints, flashlight, machete and slippers. They killed the snake, and dragged it back to the village.

Reticulated pythons grab onto their prey with dozens of sharp curved teeth and then squeeze it to death before swallowing it whole.

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The villagers killed the snake and carried it to the village and when they cut open the snake's belly they found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes. In 2017, a man was swallowed whole by the giant serpent on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The police chief said that the garden where the victim disappeared was at the base of a cliff and known to be a home for snakes.

The breed of snake, which regularly tops 20 feet, is commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines.

Pythons generally don't eat humans as they feed on smaller mammals.

A young farmer was swallowed by an enormous killer snake in March a year ago after harvesting a rubber plantation.

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