Nature & Environment
Woman is swallowed whole by a huge python in the Indonesian jungle
By T.K. Randall
October 26, 2022 · 37 comments
Pythons can swallow very large animals - including humans. Image Credit: Everglades NPS
The incident serves as a stark reminder of the danger these enormous snakes can pose to humans.
There are few fates as horrific as being eaten alive by a giant snake and while this might sound like something that would only happen in a horror movie, the cold truth is that man-eating snakes are a very real danger and a number of unfortunate individuals have fallen foul to them over the years.
The latest victim - a grandmother in her 50s - had reportedly been heading to a rubber plantation in the jungle of Indonesia's Jambi province when she encountered a huge reticulated python.
The snake ultimately swallowed her whole - suffocating her to death inside its body.
After she failed to return home, search parties were sent out to look for her. Rescue workers eventually discovered the python and became suspicious of its bulging stomach.
When it was cut open, the missing woman's remains were found inside.
While it is certainly rare to be eaten alive by a giant snake, incidents such as this can and do happen.
Two other deaths attributed to pythons were reported in the same country back in 2017 and 2018.
These huge snakes are able to open their mouths so wide that they can swallow animals much larger than themselves. Some have even been documented swallowing entire cows.
Suffice to say, if you happen to come across one of these reptiles, stay as far away as possible.
Source: BBC News
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