Woman Found Dead Inside Python: Mother of Four Swallowed By Huge Snake

In a rare and tragic incident, a woman in central Indonesia was found dead inside the belly of a python that had swallowed her whole, local authorities reported

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Woman Found Dead Inside Python: Mother of Four Swallowed By Huge Snake
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In central Indonesia, a woman was found dead inside the belly of a python that had swallowed her whole, local authorities announced today, reports AFP. The husband of Farida (45) and the residents of Kalempang village in the South Sulawesi province discovered her on Friday in the stomach of a reticulated python that was about five meters long.

Farida, a mother of four, went missing on Thursday evening, prompting a search for her, local officials said. Villagers searched the area and quickly spotted a "python with a large belly," the officials added. "They decided to open the snake's stomach, and Farida's head emerged.

She was fully clothed inside the python," the villagers said. Such incidents are extremely rare, but several people have died in Indonesia in recent years after being swallowed by pythons. Last year, residents of Tinanggea district in Southeast Sulawesi killed an eight-meter python that had strangled and eaten a villager.

In West Sulawesi in 2017, a four-meter python swallowed a villager on a palm oil plantation. In 2018, a 54-year-old woman was found dead in the stomach of a seven-meter python in the town of Muna, in Southeast Sulawesi. The unfortunate woman had gone missing after visiting her vegetable garden on the island of Muna.

Local residents organized a large search after her disappearance and found her sandals and machete the next day. Thirty meters away, they spotted a giant python with a swollen belly. Suspicions immediately fell on the snake, so they killed it and removed it from the garden.

They then cut open the python's stomach and found the victim's body inside, which was almost intact. Footage of the incident with the horrifying scene appeared on social media. This species of python, attributed with several "killings," the Asian reticulated python (Python reticulatus), can grow up to 10 meters in length and is known for its great strength.

This type of python attacks from ambush and wraps around its prey, killing it with powerful constriction, which tightens as the victim exhales. The victim typically dies within a few minutes from asphyxiation or cardiac arrest.

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