Indonesian woman swallowed whole by 23-foot python

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 20, 2018
11:12 A.M.
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A massive python killed a woman in Indonesia and this is the second time in just over a year that one of the giant constrictors swallowed a human on this country.


According to an AP News report, the victim, 54-year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden, located about a half mile from her house, near the village of Muna Island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening.

When Wa Tiba hadn’t returned by sunrise of the next day, her sister went to look for her but she feared that something bad could have happened to her. She found only Tiba’s footprints, her flashlight, her machete and slippers.

After discovering her belongings left on the ground, her family and nearly 100 other villagers mounted a search and discovered a 23-foot-long reticulated python about 150 feet away from the cornfield. The snake was so swollen it could barely move.


“Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden,” said local police chief Hamka. “The snake’s belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside.” The actual video footage can be found on Youtube


According to the Daily Mail, resident Ayu Kartika said: 'Everybody was crying, everybody was shocked. The poor woman.  'This is like a horror movie. People are terrified. We are scared to go outside. We can only pray for a safety.'

Based on the position of the body inside the python’s stomach, her head was facing the snake's tail and her feet was up at its mouth, the authorities determined that she'd been swallowed head first.


Last year, the body of a 25-year-old farmer was sliced out of a giant python on the same island of Sulawesi. Akbar Salubiro was working on a palm oil plantation when he was reported missing.

These constrictor snakes use to hunt only smaller mammals because eating big preys like humans left them so swollen that the snake becomes vulnerable.

Attacks on humans are supposed to be as rare as winning the lottery and being struck by lightning at the same time, as Daily Mail reported. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.