Python swallows woman whole in Indonesia

Missing Indonesian woman found inside belly of python

/ 11:32 AM June 09, 2024

Python swallows woman whole in Indonesia

In this video grab taken on November 24, 2018 villagers try to capture a large python in Padang Pariaman, in West Sumatra. A group of Indonesian villagers were looking to catch some eels, but they got an eight-meter (26 foot) long python instead. (FILE PHOTO by Ronal EFENDI COTO/Agence France-Presse) 

MAKASSAR — A woman has been found dead inside the belly of a snake after it swallowed her whole in central Indonesia, a local official said Saturday.

The husband of 45-year-old Farida and residents of Kalempang village in South Sulawesi province discovered her on Friday inside the reticulated python, which measured around five meters (16 feet).

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The mother-of-four had gone missing Thursday night and failed to return home, forcing a search effort, village head Suardi Rosi told AFP.

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Her husband “found her belongings… which made him suspicious. The villagers then searched the area. They soon spotted a python with a large belly,” said Suardi.

“They agreed to cut open the python’s stomach. As soon as they did, Farida’s head was immediately visible.”

Farida was found fully clothed inside the snake.

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Such incidents are considered extremely rare but several people have died in Indonesia in recent years after being swallowed whole by pythons.

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Last year, residents in Southeast Sulawesi’s Tinanggea district killed an eight-meter python, which was found strangling and eating one of the farmers in a village.

In 2018, a 54-year-old woman was found dead inside a seven-metre python in Southeast Sulawesi’s Muna town.

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And the year before, a farmer in West Sulawesi went missing before being found eaten alive by a four-meter python at a palm oil plantation.

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