Indonesian Man’s Body Found Inside Python

Nora Cooper

Indonesian Man’s Body Found Inside Python

A missing Indonesian man was found inside a massive python on the island of Sulawesi,

according to local authorities and news reports.

Akbar Salubiro, 25 went missing on Sunday and was reported missing the day after when he

failed to return from harvesting palm oil.

While searching for the man, villagers found the python and suspected that it might have eaten


"They didn't find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch. They grew

suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the

snake," Mashura, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said.

The reticulated python, reported to be twenty- three feet long, was cut open and an the

villagers found an intact body inside.

Reticulated pythons are among the world’s longest reptiles. They suffocate their victims before

swallowing them whole.

Pythons typically eat small to medium- sized mammals, and attacks on humans are extremely

rare, but Nia Kurniawan, from Brawijaya University, told BBC Indonesian that a python of this

size would hunt for large prey, such as boars or wild dogs. And, while pythons normally avoid

human settlements, they would see palm oil plantations as good hunting ground, as they

attract animals like boars, primates, or dogs.