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Inside a python

By Kim Atienza

Pythons, which can normally grow up to six meters or more, usually eat small animals only, such as chicken. Rare are the times when they would swallow an entire human being.


However, one such incident happened recently in Indonesia as reported by AFP.

The body of 54-year-old Wa Tiba was found when villagers cut open a seven-meter (23-foot) python which was found bloated in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island of Muna, offshore of Sulawesi.

The woman was tending her corn plants when she was last seen and reported missing.

Neighbors then found the giant serpent lying close by to Tiba’s sandals and machete, raising suspicion that she had been eaten alive by the snake.

It was believed Tiba was swallowed by the snake head first.

Inside the belly of the giant serpent, neighbors saw that her body was still intact.

Giant pythons are commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines.

According to Wikipedia, Python reticulatus, a species of python found in Southeast Asia, are the world’s largest, longest, and heaviest snakes. Like all pythons, they are non-venomous constrictors and normally not considered dangerous to humans.

Giant pythons can swim far out at sea. They have the capacity to colonize small islands within its range.

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