On June 15, a year-old Indonesian woman was found dead on the island of Sulawesi after being swallowed whole by a foot python, reported The Jakarta Post. The night before, Wa Tiba left her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden located about half a mile from her house. Then they came across a foot reticulated python with a bloated midsection about feet away from where her belongings were found. YouTube Locals first slice into the snake and reveal the contents of its stomach. After carrying the python back to the village, the villagers sliced open its carcass. Wikimedia Commons Reticulated python. Reticulated pythons like this one are the longest snakes in the world and are widespread in Indonesia as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. These creatures, which can reach lengths of more than 25 feet and weigh more than pounds, use their incredible size to squeeze their prey to death before swallowing it whole and digesting it over the course of days or even weeks.
"When they cut open the snake's belly, they found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes."
All rights reserved. The reported killing of a woman in Indonesia by a large snake has raised questions about how human development is impacting both people and serpents. Fifty-four-year-old Wa Tiba was checking on her home vegetable garden when she was believed to have been attacked by a foot reticulated python. Local news reports say a search effort was launched when Tiba didn't return home. The snake was reportedly found nearby with a bloated stomach.
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News of a pickup-truck-size reticulated python killing and swallowing a woman whole in central Indonesia, eating even her clothes, has made headlines around the world. But how often do these snakes eat people? However, these fatal attacks are not unheard of, and instances of wild, giant snakes eyeing people as potential prey may increase as humans clear more wildlife habitats to create farmland and homes, Penning told Live Science. Encounters with wild snakes are more common among indigenous people who live in the rainforest alongside the snakes than they are among people who live in developed areas. In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , researchers examined interviews with Philippine Agta Negritos conducted in , and found that 15 of the 58 26 percent adult men and 1 of the 62 2 percent Agta women had survived an attack by a reticulated python. Moreover, six people died from python attacks there between and , according to information gleaned from the interviews, the researchers found. In the recent Indonesian case, year-old Wa Tiba went out Thursday night June 14 with a flashlight to check on her vegetable garden, which is located in a rocky area on Muna island covered in caves and cliffs thought to be swarming with snakes, according to the Associated Press AP.
By Eileen AJ Connelly. A massive python killed a woman in Indonesia, the second time in just over a year one of the giant constrictors swallowed a human in adjacent provinces in that country. The woman, year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, said the chief of the village of Persiapan Lawela, Faris, who uses a single name. Wa Tiba was concerned about wild boars getting into her corn, planted about a half-mile from her house. Her family and nearly other villagers mounted a search, and discovered a foot-long reticulated python about feet away from her belongings. The snake was so bloated it could barely move. Wa Tiba was probably killed before she was swallowed. Pythons typically grab onto their prey with dozens of sharp curved teeth and then squeeze it to death before swallowing it whole. Reports of humans being killed by pythons are extremely rare.