Human body found in the belly of Python. Scared and terrible, the dead body was disfigured.
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SHOCKING details are coming to light over the discovery of a man swallowed by a giant reticulated python.
A man who went missing in a remote Indonesian village on the island of West Sulawesi on Sunday night has been found inside a seven-metre-long python.
Footage released by Viral Press shows the horrifying moment 25-year-old harvester Akbar Salubiro’s body was reportedly cut out of the giant snake’s belly.
“This probably attacked from behind,” a villager told Tribun Timur.
The Timur said the snake weighed 158 kilograms, almost four times the body weight of its victim.
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Reticulated pythons are some of the world’s largest reptiles and suffocate their prey before swallowing them whole. Large reticulated pythons generally eat mammals, from birds to large deer and one large meal could take several months for a snake to digest.
Nia Kurniawan, from Brawijaya University, told BBC Indonesian a snake the size of the one captured would typically hunt for larger prey.
They aren’t known to devour humans, though there some cases where young children have been swallowed.
“The more prey python snake wild boar and foxes, which are more easily found than men. It just happened this time, between the human habitat and the python was overlap, which allows humans to be eaten by a python,” herpetologist Nia Kurniawan told the Timur.
This is the incredible moment a dead man is cut out from the stomach of a seven-metre-long python after being swallowed alive.
Akbar Salubiro, 25, had set off to start work harvesting palm oil in a remote village on the island of west Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday night.
Neighbours reported cries from the palm grove the night Mr Salubiro went missing, but it wasn’t until the next day when their fears were confirmed.
A spokesman for police in West Sulawesi told BBC Indonesian the man had been missing for 24 hours.
It is believed Mr Salubiro was swallowed after he left his home to harvest palm oil. When his family became concerned over the missing man’s whereabouts, they spotted the python looking a little, well, full.
“Here indeed is often found a giant python, but this new,” said one resident.
Palm oil plantations would attract these types of reptiles as they would make for perfect hunting ground, finding boars and dogs.
“They didn’t find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch,” Mashura, a spokesperson for the police in West Sulawesi province, told BBC Indonesian.
“They grew suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the snake.”
National Geographic reports that similar to Burmese pythons, reticulated python’s kill their prey before they eat it, making it “unlikely Salubiro was eaten alive”.
He didn’t return home and concerned friends and relatives began looking for him the next evening. Picture: Viral PressSource:Supplied
They found the stodged python sprawled out in Akbar’s own back garden on Monday night at 10pm — and feared he had been suffocated and swallowed. Picture: Viral PressSource:Supplied
His body, still intact, was discovered inside the snake after residents sliced open its belly.
The footage, which runs for five minutes, shows horrified locals peeling open the snake, only to be confronted with the man’s boots.
As the snake’s body is sliced open, it reveals more and more of the missing man, still clothed.
Locals gathered round as one man used an 18-inch long hunting knife to slice open the serpent — and found Akbar inside still in tact.
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