SALUBIRO, Indonesia – A man who went missing in Indonesia earlier this week was near his own garden – inside the stomach of a 20-foot long snake.
The Straits Times -an English-speaking newspaper in Singapore – reports that Akbar Salubiro was last seen on Sunday morning when he went off to harvest palm oil. After he didn’t return home that evening, a search party was formed.
On Monday, those searching for Akbar found the giant snake lying dead just feet from Akbar’s house. According to the Times, Akbar’s boots were clearly visible in the snake’s stomach. Villagers used a knife to cut open the snake and remove the corpse.
Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi told Tribun Timur, a local media outlet, that cries for help could be heard from the palm grove at about 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
“We were immediately suspicious that the snake had swallowed Akbar because around the site we found palm fruit, his harvesting tool and a boot,” said Junaidi.
Junaidi said that the snake swallowed Akbar whole, and that this was the only such fatality recorded in the region.
It’s assumed the python choked Akbar to death, and the python then choked while attempting to swallow Akbar. It’s common for pythons to choke on large animals they attempt to eat.
Among the world’s largest reptiles, reticulated pythons regularly grow to lengths of 20 feet or more. They are commonly found in the Philippines and Indonesia.
Pythons rarely attempt to eat humans, though there are occasional reports of them swallowing young children.