A 23-foot long Burmese python attacked a man from behind and killed him on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. His body was later found in the belly of the snake.
WARNING! Do not read this or watch the video if you are a sensitive person. The video is gruesome and graphic. Do not read before any meal or before going to sleep.
Indonesian police report that a 25-year-old farmer on Sulawesi was apparently attacked from behind by a 23-foot long Burmese reticulated python. The victim of the attack had bite marks on his back.
During a search for the missing man, members of the search team came upon the giant snake sprawled out in his palm garden. It had a huge lump in its body.
Python in palm oil garden (all pictures courtesy Mirror, UK)
The irate searchers killed and cut open the snake with an 18-inch hunting knife. Inside its belly, they found the body of the missing man. The snake had suffocated and then swallowed the man head first. His feet, including his boots, were the last part the snake ingested.
Attacks by Burmese pythons on large prey are well documented. For years, it was said that pythons also attack humans. However, due to the absence of pictures and other incontrovertible evidence reports were relegated to the sphere of rumors.
Nevertheless, with the growing number of pythons roaming the swamps of Florida, pictures of large pythons that had ingested deer and even alligators finally surfaced. The California Hunting Post reported recently on such a snake. It had killed and swallowed a deer that was found when the belly of the snake was cut open.
Pythons are constrictors. They kill large prey easily by throwing deadly coils around the victim and suffocating it. It takes only a few minutes for a python to kill a man. A zookeeper was, for example, attacked by one of his charges, a monster python, while working in its exhibit.
Whether the snake would be able to swallow a person was subject to hot debates. Unfortunately, now we know that they can.
That gives wildlife authorities something else to worry about besides invasive wild pigs. How about invasive wild pythons?
Florida is beginning to be overrun by pythons and other exotic snakes set free in the hot and humid environment. The presence of these invasive predators has already led to the disappearance of many small native mammals and deer. Even alligators are not safe from this stealthy predator. And neither are large porcupines.
Even alligators are not safe from this stealthy predator. And neither are large porcupines. Another monster python attacked, killed, and swallowed a large porcupine. The snake then fell off a cliff and died. It is unclear whether the snake died from the fall or from the sharp quills that had penetrated to the stomach of the snake.
Worse yet, the snakes are no longer staying in the swamps but are now also invading residential areas near the wilderness. In response, some communities are holding snake roundups to keep the number of the reptiles down and their fluffy, noisy pets safe.
As a result, special snake removal and extermination businesses have sprung up all over Florida to deal with the problem. Have you ever wondered why the media are not replete with panicked reports on the snake invasion?
After all, pythons and other exotic reptiles are not native to the United States. They are an invasive species. And so are feral pigs.
But I understand, boar and feral pigs draw the ire of agricultural businesses and farmers. These groups have powerful lobbies to stir up a frenzy of wild pig eradications.
Poor small mammals, birds, and deer have no such lobby. And when did you last hear that the new administration will deport these illegal immigrants?
They eat our American deer, for heaven’s sake! They got to go.
Leave it to the much maligned feral pigs to take matters into their hands and to restore the honor of fighting mammals. The Mirror (UK) recently reported that a sounder of boar methodically ripped apart a large python that had swallowed on of their piglets.
Can I get some applause for the brave pigs? They took it upon themselves to mete out justice. And I particularly like the part about ripping the snake apart. The reptile deserved every moment of fear and pain the boar inflicted on the snake in the process.
Give the brave invasive feral pigs a hand.
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