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A Missing Man Was Found Dead Inside A Giant Python

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The victim, named Akbar, disappeared Sunday after leaving his home in Salubiro village, West Sulawesi, to harvest palm oil.

Police organized a search party after he was reported missing on Monday and eventually discovered an enormous, engorged 23-foot (7-meter) python near Akbar's family's palm grove, BBC Indonesia reported.

"People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake's stomach," Salubiro village secretary Junaedi told Jakarta Post. "When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake. Resident[s] cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless."

Junaedi said that a wound found on the victim's back indicates that Akbar was probably ambushed from behind.

Reticulated pythons are the longest snakes in the world and also among the heaviest. They are common throughout Southeast Asia and typically feed on small to medium-sized animals, such as monkeys, boar, and wild dogs.

The snakes are nonvenomous constrictors and attack by biting their prey and suffocating it to death, before swallowing it whole.

Reticulated python attacks on humans are very rare. The last python-caused fatality in Indonesia was in 2013, when a security guard at a Bali resort was strangled while trying to remove the snake from the area.

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