The python was seen during the search
According to local reports, the 50-year-old woman was a resident of Indonesia’s Jambi province. Betara Jambi police chief AKP S Harefa said that the body of the victim was found in the stomach of a snake. He said the victim’s husband found some of her clothes and tools which were used by him in the rubber plantation on Sunday night. After this he had to call a search team to find his wife. On Monday, the very next day of the search, he saw a 5 meter long python in the nearby forests.
Pythons have swallowed two humans before
Harefa told CNN that the python’s stomach was bloated. When the search team and the villagers present with them got suspicious, they killed the snake. When they cut the stomach, they found that it was the woman’s body lying inside. Although such incidents are rare, this is not the first time someone has been killed and eaten by a python in Indonesia. There were two similar deaths in the country between 2017 and 2018.
How does a python swallow humans?
Pythons swallow their food whole. Their jaws are attached by very flexible ligaments, so that they can stretch around large prey. An expert told the BBC that pythons usually eat rats and other animals. But, once they reach a certain size, they feel that the rats are not fit for their diet, as they do not get enough calories as they need. After that they try to hunt bigger animals. They also try to hunt larger animals such as pigs or cows, said Mary-Ruth Low, conservation and research officer at Wildlife Reserve Singapore.
How do pythons attack humans?
In addition to anaconda, reticulated pythons attack humans. It is a species of python, whose body has webbed spots. They can reach a length of more than 10 meters. In this way their power increases a lot. They ambush and attack. They wrap their prey around and kill them by suffocating them. As soon as the creature trapped in the trap exhales, the python tightens its grip further. In such a situation, all the air inside the victim gets out and dies of suffocation or cardiac arrest. After this they swallow their prey whole.