Muna Island in Sulawesi province in Indonesia where a woman was swallowed by a large python. Photo: Google Maps

An Indonesian woman died after being swallowed whole by a 23-foot long python in a village on Muna Island in Sulawesi province last week.

On Thursday evening, Wa Tiba, 54, went to check her vegetable garden but did not return home that night. On Friday morning, Tiba’s family went searching for her but only found her belongings, sandals and a flashlight, the Chronicle reported.

Her family and villagers kept searching and found a 23-foot python with a bloated belly about 50 meters from where Tiba’s belongings were found.

The villagers took the snake back to the village where it was killed and cut open. Tiba’s body was found inside the snake, still intact with all her clothes. She had been swallowed head first.

The body of Wa Tiba (bottom) lies next to a python after villagers cut open the snake which was found bloated in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island of Muna, offshore of Sulawesi, on June 16, 2018. Photo: AFP

This was the second recent incident of a human being swallowed by a python in Indonesia. In March last year, a 25-year-old man was swallowed whole by a python in West Sulawesi province. However, reports of humans being killed by pythons in the country are extremely rare.

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