A man who went missing in Indonesia earlier this week was near his own garden — inside the stomach of a 20-foot long snake.
The family of 25-year old Akbar became worried when he did not return home from a trip to harvest palm oil, according to Canada Journal.
Locals in the village of Salubiro on the eastern island of Sulawesi on Monday cut open a 23-foot snake they found bloated and moving awkwardly, AFP said.
“We were immediately suspicious that the snake had swallowed Akbar because around the site we found palm fruit, his harvesting tool and a boot,” a senior village official identified as Junaidi told AFP.
Junaidi said that the snake swallowed Akbar whole, and that this was the only such fatality recorded in the region.
Among the world’s largest reptiles, reticulated pythons regularly grow to lengths of 20 feet or more. They are commonly found in the Philippines and Indonesia.
Pythons rarely attempt to eat humans, though there are occasional reports of them swallowing young children.