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Indonesian Woman Swallowed Whole By 23-Foot Python

19 June 2018

When she had not returned by sunrise, her sister went to the field to look for her.

A missing Indonesian woman has been found dead inside the belly of a 23-foot-long python, village officials said.

According to The Jakarta Post, after two days of searching, the villagers found a huge reptile with a swollen belly a few meters away from a garden where Tiba's family found a few of her belongings.

The next morning, about 100 villagers joined in the search.

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The python in Sulawesi is believed to have been a reticulated python.

The villagers killed the snake and carried it to the village.

The villagers cut open the 23ft-long creature and found Ms Tiba's body was intact after she had been swallowed head first.

Reticulated pythons, commonly found in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia, typically latch on to prey using their sharp teeth and then squeeze before swallowing the prey whole.

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While the snakes have been known to attack small animals, attempts to eat people are rare.

But they can swallow humans whole because of their ability to expand their lower jaw, according to USA Today. A snake's digestive system also contains enough stomach acid to dissolve an entire person.

She probably didn't die inside the snake: A reticulated python secures its prey with a bite, then wraps its body around the victim, squeezing down until the victim can not breathe, before consuming, according to The Associated Press.

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Indonesian Woman Swallowed Whole By 23-Foot Python