Grandmother, 54, is eaten alive by 22ft python: giant snake is cut open by locals in Indonesia who found creature with human hump in center while searching for victim
A grandmother was eaten alive by a 22-foot-long python in Indonesia after going into the jungle to collect rubber.
Jahrah, 54, disappeared Friday night in the woods near her childhood home in Jambi province, on the western island of Sumatra.
The locals sent search groups and two days later they found a huge snake in a forest clearing with a swollen stomach, and when they cut it open, she found her body inside.
A 54-year-old Indonesian grandmother was found dead in the stomach of a 22ft python (left and right) after being eaten alive when she went into the jungle to collect rubber
Anto, the head of Jarah’s village that – like many Indonesians – only uses one name, said the python probably killed her by using its body to suffocate her.
The grandmother likely died in a painful ordeal that lasted perhaps two hours, Anto added.
Jahrah went missing late Friday before locals found the snake Sunday, cut it open and found Jarah’s body inside
The snake is said to have first used its fangs – which are angled back to provide more grip – to hold Jarah in place.
It would then have wrapped itself around her as quickly as possible using its powerful body and slowly constricted her until she could no longer breathe.
After she was suffocated, it would have dislocated his jaw and swallowed her whole.
Completely digesting a meal of that magnitude may have taken the snake weeks, and Jarah’s body appeared largely intact – including her clothes – after the snake was cut open.
The official said: ‘The victim did not come home on Friday after saying goodbye to her family to go to the yard to get rubber from trees.
‘Her family then reported her missing to the local authorities and the search has been ongoing ever since.
“Residents killed the snake and dissected its stomach. Everyone was amazed. It turned out that the woman we were looking for was inside the snake’s stomach.’
Anto said no residents witnessed Jahrah being eaten by a snake when she went to the forest alone.
Anto, the village leader, said the situation is now tense and locals fear more giant snakes — including one that is 27 feet long — lurking nearby.
He said conditions in his village were now tense as a number of giant pythons have been spotted nearby.
Residents have already tried to catch a snake that was longer, about 27 feet long, but it was too strong to pin down, he claimed.
Anto added: ‘The villagers are now concerned that there are even bigger snakes in the forest. The presence of this giant snake has also swallowed two resident goats.”
Indonesia has a large population of giant reticulated pythons, such as the one that Jahrah ate. They live in remote forests and feed on wild animals, occasionally humans.
In March 2017, Akbar Salubiro was cut from a python’s stomach after being eaten alive on the island of West Sulawesi.