As baffling as it would sound, recently, a man from Indonesia met his untimely death after being attacked and swallowed alive by a 23-foot-long reticulated python. The people who managed to retrieved the man’s body after cutting up the python’s abdomen said that the poor man never stood a chance in front of the beast, as he was, more than likely, attacked from behind.
On Monday night, Akbar’s uncle went to check up on his nephew, who was living in a house at the edge of Salubiro village’s palm oil plantation. After knocking a couple of times on the door, the man became alarmed by the silence coming from inside the house, knowing that Akbar should have been home by then.
Growing more concerned, Akbar’s uncle went to the villagers and asked a couple of people to help him track down his nephew who never returned from the palm oil plantation. After several hours of searching every nook and cranny on the plantation, Akbar’s uncle and the villagers stumbled upon something which can only be described as disturbing.
Hanging from a nearby branch was a 23-foot-long reticulated python. While pythons are a common occurrence in that region, the one hanging from a tree had a gigantic lump on his abdomen. Even more disturbing is the fact that the villagers discovered a boot and several tools belonging to Akbar right next to the tree where they found the python.
Reluctantly, the villagers cut off the python’s head and got it down from the branch. Fearing for the worst, one of them took a knife and started cutting the snake’s abdomen in order to determine the origin of the bloated abdomen.
Upon opening the beast’s belly, the villagers discovered the desiccated remains of Akbar, the Indonesian man who disappeared on Monday night. A post-mortem exam revealed that the man had a large tooth wound on his back, a sign that surprise took him and attacked from the rear.
According to some of the villagers who helped retrieve Akbar’s body, it’s very rare, but not unheard of reticulated python to attack and to eat humans. Pythons, especially the very long ones go for things like pigs, monkeys, and other mammals.
As for the wound on the Indonesian man’s back, the herpetologists declared that the reticulated python uses its razor-sharp teeth to immobilize the prey before strangulating it.
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