Python Swallows Woman Whole—What Experts Say About the Rare Attack

Development in their native habitat might be influencing their behavior, but humans have a history of conflict with snakes.

The reported killing of a woman in Indonesia by a large snake has raised questions about how human development is impacting both people and serpents.

Fifty-four-year-old Wa Tiba was checking on her home vegetable garden when she was believed to have been attacked by a 23-foot reticulated python.

Local news reports say a search effort was launched when Tiba didn't return home. The snake was reportedly found nearby with a bloated stomach. When locals from Tiba's town killed the snake and sliced it open, the woman was found dead, fully intact, and swallowed whole. Video of the deadly encounter has been making the rounds online.

The incident comes just over a year after a 25-year-old man was swallowed whole by

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