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Indonesian Villager Eaten by a Python; Snopes is Reserving Judgment

Rarely do the serpents consume human beings, but it does happen

When villagers found the abandoned tools of a 25 year old man in a field, they suspected the worst: That he had been eaten by a huge snake.

"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, a senior village official, who like many Indonesians goes by only one name.

An Indonesian farmer has been discovered inside the belly of a giant python after the swollen snake was caught near where the man vanished while harvesting his crops, an official said Wednesday.

The body of 25-year-old Akbar was found when local people cut open the seven metre (23 foot) python after it was found bloated and slithering awkwardly in the village of Salubiro, on the eastern island of Sulawesi on Monday.

Worried relatives launched a search for Akbar after he failed to return home from a trip to the family's plantation on Sunday.

Junaidi said the snake had swallowed the farmer whole, adding that it was the only such fatality recorded in the region, reports the Agence France Press (AFP).

This species of snake, which regularly tops 20 feet, is commonly found in Indonesia and the Philippines. While the serpents have been known to attack small animals, attempts to eat people are rare. In 2013, a security guard on the tourist island of Bali was killed by a python at a luxury beachfront hotel.

Snopes is reserving judgment on the veracity of the story, noting that these man eating python stories always seem to emerge from remote villages with muddy photos, then get proven wrong or inaccurate.


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