Missing Indonesian Man’s Body Found Inside Python

An Indonesian man named Akbar went missing on the island of Sulawesi on Sunday.

Having left to harvest palm oil, the BBC were told he had not been seen for 24hrs. When conducting a search, the police found a snake close to the family’s palm plantation.

“They didn’t find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch. They grew suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the snake,” Mashura, a spokesperson for the police in West Sulawesi province told BBC Indonesian.

Credit: West Sulawesi Police/BBC

The man’s body was found inside the reticulated python, reported to be 7m (23ft)-long, after it was cut open, reports the BBC.

Reticulated pythons are one of the world’s longest and heaviest snakes, but like all pythons, they are nonvenomous constrictors, and are normally not considered a threat to humans.

Primarily ambush hunters, they usually diet on mammals and occasionally birds, suffocating their victims and swallowing them whole.


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