Giant python in Indonesia swallows woman whole

In Indonesia, a 54-year-old woman’s body was found in the belly of a giant python on Friday. The woman, Wa Tiba had been in her garden on Thursday when she disappeared in the village of Persiapan Lawela, on the island of Muna.

According to Global News, residents suspected the 23 foot python  had swallowed the victim.

“Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden,” the Muna police chief wrote. “The snake’s belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside.”

Neighbors searched for the woman when she failed to return from tending her garden, and soon found Wa Tiba’s sandals, torch and machete near where the bloated snake had been resting.

Wa Tiba’s body was found intact, still dressed inside of the snake that had swallowed the woman head first. The garden, which was located about a half-mile for her home is in a rocky area with caves and cliffs in an area believed to be habituated by many snakes. Pythons are prevalent in Indonesia and southeast portions of Asia. They grab onto their victims with their teeth and squeeze their prey to death before swallowing them.

It is very unusual for a python to attack a human, their usual bill of fare remains with eating monkeys, pigs and other mammals.

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Burmese python devoured deer that weighed more than the snake

At Collier-Seminole State Park in Florida, officials have documented a Burmese python devour a deer that weighed more than the snake. The 31.5 pound snake regurgitated a 35-pound fawn. A statement posted on the Facebook page of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida stated they:

“… documented a Burmese python eating a white-tailed deer that weighed more than the python itself. This is believed to be the largest predator/prey ratio ever documented for the Burmese python, and possibly for any species of python. The findings will be published in the March 2018 issue of Herpetological Review.

According to the Medium, this incident is further proof of the python’s negative impact on native wildlife in the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. Researchers worry that snakes could adversely affect the population of the white tail deer thus endangering the dwindling population of the Florida panther whose primary diet are deer.

The team followed the snake and watched it regurgitate the deer  which was 110 percent of the snake’s body mass. Scientists are now more convinced that the Burmese pythons have been responsible for a 90 percent decline in small mammal populations in the area including rabbits and other vermin.

Florida remains involved in an active python eradication project. The snakes are a product of the pet trade and are not native to the area. As collectors dumped the snakes in the Everglades, their populations increased exponentially. The South Florida Water Management District pays eligible hunters $8.10 an hour to look for pythons on the land it manages. Bonuses are paid when larger snake nests with eggs are eliminated.  According to researchers, there are more than 100,000 snakes in the Everglades.

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Woman under investigation as disturbing image of puppy being crushed by a python appears online

A woman who posted an image online of her pet Royal python crushing what appeared to be a very young puppy to death is currently under investigation by the Seprona animal protection unit of the Guardia Civil in Granada, Spain. According to the Local, a volunteer at a local animal shelter came across the photo after reading an online advertisement offering the snake for sale.

When the worker went undercover and posed as a prospective buyer, she asked about the photo of the snake showing the puppy being crushed. The woman allegedly admitted she had been feeding her snake puppies, birds and kittens. Royal pythons crush their prey to death until they can no longer breathe.

The owner of the snake could face felony charges of animal abuse. The non venomous reptiles can live for 30 years while kept in captivity and generally grow to a length of five feet. Considered friendly, they are the most popular pet snakes in the world.

(Photo of Royal python via screenshot of Local)

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