By Eileen AJ Connelly. A massive python killed a woman in Indonesia, the second time in just over a year one of the giant constrictors swallowed a human in adjacent provinces in that country. The woman, year-old Wa Tiba, went missing while checking her vegetable garden near her village on Muna island in Southeast Sulawesi province on Thursday evening, said the chief of the village of Persiapan Lawela, Faris, who uses a single name. Wa Tiba was concerned about wild boars getting into her corn, planted about a half-mile from her house. Her family and nearly other villagers mounted a search, and discovered a foot-long reticulated python about feet away from her belongings.
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"When they cut open the snake's belly, they found Tiba's body still intact with all her clothes."
All rights reserved. The reported killing of a woman in Indonesia by a large snake has raised questions about how human development is impacting both people and serpents. Fifty-four-year-old Wa Tiba was checking on her home vegetable garden when she was believed to have been attacked by a foot reticulated python. Local news reports say a search effort was launched when Tiba didn't return home. The snake was reportedly found nearby with a bloated stomach. When locals from Tiba's town killed the snake and sliced it open, the woman was found dead, fully intact, and swallowed whole. Video of the deadly encounter has been making the rounds online.
An Indonesian woman was killed and swallowed whole by a foot-long python on Thursday, with video showing villagers cutting open the reptile to reveal the woman's body. Wa Tiba, 54, went missing while working in her vegetable garden on the island of Muna in the Southeast Sulawesi province, a village chief told the Associated Press. On Friday, her family found her belongings abandoned at the garden, as well as a reticulated python with a bloated belly some 50 yards away, which they then captured and killed.
News of a pickup-truck-size reticulated python killing and swallowing a woman whole in central Indonesia, eating even her clothes, has made headlines around the world. But how often do these snakes eat people? However, these fatal attacks are not unheard of, and instances of wild, giant snakes eyeing people as potential prey may increase as humans clear more wildlife habitats to create farmland and homes, Penning told Live Science. Encounters with wild snakes are more common among indigenous people who live in the rainforest alongside the snakes than they are among people who live in developed areas. In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , researchers examined interviews with Philippine Agta Negritos conducted in , and found that 15 of the 58 26 percent adult men and 1 of the 62 2 percent Agta women had survived an attack by a reticulated python. Moreover, six people died from python attacks there between and , according to information gleaned from the interviews, the researchers found. In the recent Indonesian case, year-old Wa Tiba went out Thursday night June 14 with a flashlight to check on her vegetable garden, which is located in a rocky area on Muna island covered in caves and cliffs thought to be swarming with snakes, according to the Associated Press AP. Tiba went because wild boars had been raiding her corn and she wanted to stop them, according to the South China Morning Post. But it was there that the foot-long 7 meters python attacked and swallowed her whole.